Chinese-made C919 jumbo jet to fly worldwide

15:27, June 22, 2011      

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The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China will actively expand into overseas markets on the basis of indigenous innovation and international cooperation, the company's President Jin Zhuanglong said at the International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget on June 20.

"China's large passenger planes will fly worldwide someday," he added.

Jin said that the development of the homegrown C919 jumbo jet is "well underway." Solid groundwork has been laid, and the master plans for technology development, production and customer service have been formulated. The research and development for the digital mock-up of the C919 and seven main sections of a sample C919 has also completed. The company will complete contract signings with all C919 project suppliers and start manufacturing the parts for C919 this year.

Jin said that the C919 jumbo jets are single-aisle planes with 168 to 190 seats, and they are independently designed by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China. The flying range of the aircraft stands between 4,075 kilometers and 5,555 kilometers. The design of the C919 jumbo jet is divided into five phases: project study and approval, feasibility study, pre-development, engineering development and batch production and industrialization.

Jin said that thanks to China's 30 years of rapid economic development and brisk economic and business activities, the country's aviation market has boomed and shows rosy future prospects, with strong demand for this size of aircraft. The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China has followed the trend.

“We aim to provide clients with safer, more economical, more environmentally-friendly, and more comfortable civil aircraft. We are confident to realize the maiden flight of C919 in 2014 and put them on the market in 2016 in order to meet domestic market demand,” Jin said.

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China was established in May 2008 and headquartered in Shanghai. In addition to the C919 program, it is now also developing the ARJ21-700 regional aircraft. Jin said that the company was established in accordance with the "main manufacturers-suppliers" mode and will adhere to the development strategy of marketization, industrialization and internationalization.

The company received an order of 100 C919 aircraft in the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai in 2010. It established a European office in Paris in 2011 and participated in the Paris Air Show with the C919 jumbo jet display prototype. The C919 prototype was first shown in the Zhuhai Air Show, and it was the first time that a full-scale prototype was displayed to foreign audiences abroad.

"We want to show the C919 program in the international arena. We hope to actively launch international cooperation to display the C919 aircraft to the public through participating in influential international air shows and take 'aggressive' marketing strategies. We will also launch high-level visits and exchanges with international airlines and leading suppliers," Jin said.

"We believe the C919 aircraft will one day fly all over the world while satisfying the domestic aviation market," Jin confidently said.

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