C919 Single-Aisle Airliner
The “C” in C919 stands for both COMAC and China, expressing the belief that the C919 Airliner project reflects the technological will of China and its citizens. The C919 is a short-to-medium range narrow-body aircraft intended to serve China’s mainline routes between major cities. Designed independently according to international technical standards and with indigenous intellectual property, the C919 can carry up to 168 passengers in an all-economy layout, or 158 in a mixed-class configuration. The standard model is designed with a range of 4,075 km (2,530 miles), while the extended-range model boasts a range of 5,555 km (3,450 miles). Various models of the C919 will be offered to satisfy the operating demands of different routes. Its economic life is designed to be 90,000 flight hours, 60,000 flight cycles, or 30 calendar years.
The C919 makes use of both innovative Chinese design (such as its supercritical wing structure) as well as components from world-class suppliers around the globe. This makes the C919 stand out as a safe, efficient, environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective aircraft.
The test flight program for the C919 is well underway. C919 AC101 took its maiden flight in Shanghai on May 5, 2017 and has completed multiple test flights since, including a recent cross-country flight to Xi'an where it will perform the remainder of its flight tests. C919 AC102 powered on its engines on November 2, 2017, and completed its first flight on December 17, 2017; AC103 completed its first flight on December 28, 2018; AC104 took to the skies for the first time on August 1, 2019 and most recently AC105 carried out its maiden flight on October 24, 2019. Five of six total to be used in flight testing!
Currently, the C919 has accumulated 815 orders from 28 customers.