China Eastern Airlines Conducts First Comac C919 Commercial Flights

By Chen Chuanren May 29, 2023
The flight from Shanghai to Beijing marks completion of research, development, manufacturing, and commissioning of the Comac narrowbody.
Aircraft & Propulsion

China Agrees To Commence 5G-ATG Tests

By Chen Chuanren May 08, 2023
China’s ministry of industry and information technology has given China Mobile the green light to conduct tests of 5G air to ground (5G ATG). 
Interiors & Connectivity

Hainan Airline Subsidiary Urumqi Air To Acquire 30 C919s

By Chen Chuanren Apr 27, 2023
Hainan Airline Group has signed a framework agreement on behalf of subsidiary Urumqi Air with Comac for the Xinjiang-based carrier to add C919s.
Airlines & Lessors

Chinese-Built Turbofan Spotted On Wing Of AVIC Y-20 Flying Testbed

By Chen Chuanren Mar 24, 2023
Developed by China's AECC, the CJ-1000A has been developed as an alternate powerplant for the Comac C919 narrowbody airliner.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Opinion: Why Boeing’s Troubles In China Run Deep

By Sash Tusa Feb 03, 2023
Aircraft deliveries to China have collapsed, and big hurdles stand in the way of a sharp rebound.
Air Transport

COMAC Delivers First C919 To China Eastern Airlines

By Chen Chuanren Dec 09, 2022
China Eastern is the launch customer of the C919 and expects to begin domestic service with the newly certified narrowbody aircraft in early 2023.
Airlines & Lessors

Comac Gets C919 Production Certificate, First Pilots Type Certified

By Chen Chuanren Nov 30, 2022
Fifteen pilots have received their Comac C919 type certification following a two-month evaluation.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Certifies Chinese-Made Weather Radar For Comac C919

By Chen Chuanren Nov 08, 2022
This is the first FAA TSO-certified avionics component to be developed and manufactured by a company in China.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

China Certifies COMAC C919, Five Years After First Flight

By Chen Chuanren Sep 29, 2022
The COMAC C919 airliner attained its airworthiness certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China on Sept. 29, more than five years after first flight.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Daily Memo: The C919 Conundrum: Duopoly To Triopoly?

Sep 21, 2021
The C919’s expected entry into service before the end of 2021 has revived talk that COMAC could grab a big share of the narrowbody market in the coming years. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

China Still Cautious About Recertifying 737 MAX

By Chen Chuanren Mar 02, 2021
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is still yet to begin recertifying the Boeing 737 MAX, saying that major safety concerns raised have “not been fully met.” 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

China Eastern Formally Signs For Five COMAC C919s

By Chen Chuanren Mar 01, 2021
China Eastern Airlines will be the official launch operator of the COMAC C919 after it became the first carrier to sign a purchase agreement for five of the domestically built aircraft on March 1. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

COMAC Targets C919 Delivery, CR929 Prototype Construction By End-2021

By Chen Chuanren Jan 25, 2021
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) will reportedly hand over the first C919 narrowbody airliner to its first client by the end of 2021, according to COMAC general engineer Yang Zhigang. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

COMAC C919 Moves Toward Certification Flight Testing

By Bradley Perrett Dec 03, 2020
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued type inspection authorization for the COMAC C919, opening the way for certification flight testing.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Chinese Airframers On Latest U.S. Sanctions List, Report Says

By Chen Chuanren Nov 24, 2020
COMAC and AVIC, China’s two major commercial aircraft manufacturers, are reportedly on a list of 89 Chinese companies that will face new sanctions from the White House for allegedly having ties to the Chinese military. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

COMAC Affirms Plan For 2021 C919 Certification

By Bradley Perrett Nov 02, 2020
COMAC has reiterated its plan to achieve certification for the C919 narrowbody airliner in 2021, adding that it will try to deliver the first unit in the same year.
Aircraft & Propulsion

China Express To Receive First 50 ARJ21s By 2025

By Bradley Perrett Oct 16, 2020
China Express Airlines intends to order 50 COMAC ARJ21-700 regional jets for delivery by 2025, the carrier said on Oct. 15, detailing a previously reported deal.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Chinese Isolation Could Benefit C919—Or Not 

By Bradley Perrett Jul 27, 2020
Rising tensions in China’s international relations, especially with the U.S., raise questions about how Western airliner sales could be affected and the knock-on impact on the COMAC C919 program. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

C919s Added To China Express ARJ21 Deal

By Bradley Perrett Jun 10, 2020
COMAC C919s have been added to an agreement with China Express Airlines that was originally limited to acquiring ARJ21 regional jets from the state manufacturer.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Comac-Operating China Eastern Subsidiary To Keep Bizjets

By Bradley Perrett Feb 26, 2020
A China Eastern subsidiary set up to fly Comac aircraft will serve coastal districts from the Yangzi River Delta and retain the business aviation operation on which it has been based, the parent company said.
Business Aviation

COMAC C919 Testing Exceeds Cruise Speed, Reaches Ceiling

By Bradley Perrett Feb 11, 2020
Flight testing of the COMAC C919 has exceeded the designed cruise speed of the narrowbody airliner and reached its intended ceiling, with the fleet of six prototypes now complete.

COMAC Flies Sixth And Last C919 Prototype

By Bradley Perrett Dec 27, 2019
COMAC flew the sixth and last C919 prototype on Dec. 27, achieving an unpublished target that had begun to look doubtful.
Air Transport