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. The second production aircraft (AC102), one of six total to be used in flight testing, is due to take to the skies by the end of 2017. C919 AC102 powered on its engines on November 2, 2017, and completed its first flight on December 17, 2017. The first of many to come!
Currently, the C919 has accumulated 815 orders from 28 customers.