Announced back in March 2009, China’s first jumbo jet, the C-919 looks set to be built in eight years time. The jumbo jet project boasts cooperation from 47 institutions from China and abroad. Now I know we have all gotten used to having the things around us made in China, but what about taking an intercontinental flight on a flying piece of hardware made in China? Different proposition altogether! To have a look at its specs, go here to the Flight Global Blog or, find out more about the naming convention here in the People’s Daily.
Quotable Quotes – “The name also reflects our determination to compete in the international market for jumbo jet. C919 comes after Airbus and Boeing, so you will have ABC in the aviation industry…” C919 Chief Designer Wu Guanghui
(People’s Daily – 7 March 2009)
China’s jumbo jet design center established
Source – Global Times, 02 December 2009
China’s Research and Design Center for Commercial Aircraft, has been established in Shanghai. What this means is the country’s jumbo jet program is now in full swing.
The center’s set to design a regional jet, the ARJ-21, and a jumbo jet, the C-919. The center has completed preliminary plans for the C-919. The plane’s maufacturer, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, has signed a memorandum of understanding with nine domestic airframe suppliers. The 150 seater is due to make its maiden flight in 2014 and will be available for delivery to customers in 2016.
Guo Bozhi, President of Shanghai Aircraft Design & Research Institute, said, “We have been doing well in many areas of technology research, dealing with such issues as reducing the plane’s air resistance and making the engine more efficient. We have reached the same level as other planes that we are using. It was a hard work to do this in only one year.”