China Shows Off Full-Size C919 Model

China’s state-owned Comac is showing off a full-sized model of its C919 single aisle airliner at the Zhuhai Air Show this week. China hopes the C919 will siphon off some of the single-aisle airliner business from Boeing and Airbus.

The 156 seat airliner is aimed directly at Boeing’s 737 and the Airbus A320 aircraft. Boeing has projected that Chinese airlines will need to buy about 4,300 new airplanes in the next two decades to keep up with expanding demand. Fox News reports that it’s not known if either Boeing or Airbus could ramp up to that kind of production schedule.

While the C919 is of Chinese design and will be produced domestically, companies such as Honeywell, GE, and Eaton are providing components for the aircraft.

While the C919 could provide some competition to the two major airliner manufacturers, don’t look for it at an airline gate near you unless you live in China. Comac is producing the airplane strictly for domestic use.

Suppliers

System/Equipment Supplier Country
Fuselage – nose section (cone) Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Co. Ltd. China
Fuselage – foreward & aft (barrels) Jiangxi Hongdu Aviation Industry (Group) Corporation Ltd. China
Empennage (Tail section) Shenyang Aircraft Corporation China
Fuselage mid section, wing boxes, spoilers, ailerons, flaps, and slats Xi’an Aircraft Industry (Group) Company Ltd. China
Turbofan Engines CFM International Inc. (LEAP-X1C engine) USA/France
Engine nacelles and thrust reversers Nexcelle USA/France
Engine exhaust systems Nexcelle USA/France
Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) Honeywell (131-9(C9C) APU) USA
Electric power generation & distribution systems Hamilton Sundstrand Electric Systems USA
Starter-generators Honeywell Aerospace USA
Fuel and Inerting systems[10] Parker Aerospace, Electronic System Division USA
Fuel tank and inerting system Parker Aerospace, Fluid System Division USA
Complete Hydraulic Systems Parker Aerospace, Hydraulic Systems Division USA
Fly-by-wire flight control actuation system Parker Aerospace, Control System Division USA
Horizontal Stabilizer Trim Actuator and control electronics Parker Aerospace, Control System Division USA
Fuel and Hydraulic Conveyance System[11] Eaton Corporation USA
Integrated Fire and Protection System Kidde Aerospace & Defense[12] USA
Integrated Air Management Systems Liebherr Aerospace Toulouse SAS France
Wheels, Tires and Brakes Honeywell Aerospace USA
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