Posts Tagged “C919”

LEAP Progressing in Engine Test Program

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LEAP Progressing in Engine Test Program






The LEAP engine from CFM International is progressing in its initial ground testing, and will culminate in engine certification in 2015 and entry into commercial service in 2016.  The first leap engine was fired-up on September 4th, and the engine has now reached full power in ground testing at GE’s Peebes, Ohio outdoor test facility….

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China Inc to buy up to 90% of ILFC

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“China Inc” has agreed to buy 80% of mega-lessor International Lease Finance Corp and optioned another 10%, with major implications for global aviation. ILFC parent AIG, which is still largely owned by the US government after the 2008 bailout following the global financial meltdown, retains the balance. The US Government committee on foreign investment in…

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Will ARJ-21 Delays Impact C919?

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Will ARJ-21 Delays Impact C919?






COMAC recently announced that the ARJ-21 certification and entry into service will be delayed by an additional 1-2 years, and not enter service until 2015 at the earliest.   Having flown a prototype a couple of years ago, this has become an exceptionally long certification process, an indicator that things are not going well for…

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Podcast – Bombardier & COMAC

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The framework agreement from a year ago has made huge progress. Yesterday’s announcement is remarkable. Never before have two aircraft companies decided to combine their interests quite like this. It is more than ground breaking. For an airline looking at new technologies the combined offering could be very interesting. COMAC has some catching up to…

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COMAC and Bombardier Seek Commonality Opportunities Between C919 and CSeries

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The industry rumor mill has been rumbling about this for months. Today it is official. Further to the framework agreement signed on March 24, 2011, Jin Zhuanglong,  Chairman, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) and Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. today signed a definitive agreement covering program commonalities between the…

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While Engines Drive Technology – It’s Not Just Engines Anymore

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While Engines Drive Technology – It’s Not Just Engines Anymore






The re-engining announcement for the 737 by Boeing has given us pause to consider the impacts of both airframes and engines and their impact on commercial aircraft.  Clearly, engines are the driving force for technology in the industry, as fuel burn is approaching 50% of operating costs, and the proportional impact from changes in engine…

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