21 Dec '15, 9pm

China's Comac to Challenge Boeing and Airbus - IEEE Spectrum

China's Comac to Challenge Boeing and Airbus - IEEE Spectrum

The C919, China’s answer to the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 , is slated to have its first test flight somtime in 2016. Built by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac ), the twin-engine airliner had its celebratory rollout in November of 2015 in Shanghai. But even if the upcoming flight-testing goes well, don’t expect to fly on a C919 right away. Indeed, if you live in Europe or the United States, don’t expect to even see one at your local airport. Although the C919 is a homegrown Chinese creation, the aircraft isn’t completely Chinese. Comac uses many of the same U.S. and European components as Boeing and Airbus do in their 737 and A320 airliners, including Honeywell’s flight-control system, Parker Aerospace’s hydraulic equipment, and Liebherr’s landing gear. But like Boeing and Airbus, Comac has the responsibility of ensuring that all those systems—and many m...

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