Take a look at this chart of the 2014 in service passenger airliner fleet. In our view this provides a very useful breakdown of the OEMs by seat segment. It also highlights some opportunities for new business. Continue reading
The much delayed ARJ has started test flights for launch customer Chengdu Airlines. The first two deliveries are set occur in April or May. This will be the first Chinese attempt at offering a regional airliner.
So how does their offering compare to competitive products that exist today?
The Chinese have publicly stated that they did not expect to produce a world-beating aircraft out of the box, and that the ARJ-21 was to be a learning experience. But they did expect to make an aircraft that could be competitive, given the capital cost differential, for Chinese airlines, which they have done.
The table above shows the seating is virtually identical in a typical two-class configuration. But then the other numbers come into play – the ARJ is much heavier; 16% more than the CRJ and 14.4% heavier than the E-175. This causes an interesting requirement – all three use various… Continue reading
COMAC has nearly completed the basic assembly of its C919 prototype, Chinese media are reporting. This picture released by Pudong Times shows the C919 prototype on the final assembly line.
The engines, avionics, flight control and hydraulics systems have yet to be installed. COMAC started final assembly of its C919 prototype in September 2014 and believes its on track to complete final assembly in the second half of 2015.
The C919 will accommodate up to 160 passengers and make its maiden flight by the end of this year, with delivery scheduled in 2017 COMAC has said. To date, COMAC has secured 450 orders for the C919 from 18 customers.
COMAC is seeing some real progress as key parts arrive for assembly of the first C919.
Chinese trade media report the aft bulkhead section of the first C919, manufactured by Aerospace Haiying Zhenjiang Special Materials Limited Company, was delivered to COMAC February 11. This section reportedly employs the largest proportion of composite materials, with 37 composite material components.
Based on related airworthiness regulations and quality requirements, Shanghai Aircraft Airworthiness Certification Center of CAAC conducted a comprehensive review of the aft section of the first C919’s rear fuselage and issued an airworthiness approval tag for it.
Next came the tail. AVIC Shenyang Commercial Aircraft Corporation Limited (SACC) officially delivered the empennage of the first C919 aircraft to COMAC on February 13. The fin includes the vertical stabilizer and rudder. Most of the components are made of composite materials. The tail was transported to COMAC’s Pudong base on February 15.
Reports indicate that this hitherto secret program (started in 2012) is now being made public. The China Youth Daily reports “Russia and China are set to develop the wide-body aircraft next year,” said Jin Zhuanglong, Chairman of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) while attending the 18th World Management Forum hosted by School of Management at Fudan University. The proposed aircraft is to seat 300. Continue reading