C919 aircraft is a large civil jet aircraft independently developed by China in accordance with international civil aviation regulations, and owns independent intellectual property right. C919 aircraft has a layout of 158 to 174 seats, and a range of 4,075 to 5,555 kilometers. So far, the project demonstration, feasibility study and pre-development have been completed, the program enters the engineering development phase, and detailed design have been completed. Moreover, C919 program has made great progress in engineering design, test, manufacturing, key technology breakthrough as well as joint venture cooperation of airborne systems. Test on iron bird test rig has been started, the static test of the wing-to-fuselage junction has been completed successfully, and components have been put into production. Large sections, such as nose, fwd fuselage and mid fuselage/center wing, have rolled out in succession, and structure assembly of the first aircraft has been officially started. The first aircraft rolled out on November 2nd, 2015. A total of 570 orders have been obtained from 23 customers.
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) is a centrally managed core enterprise in civil aircraft industry of China and a central backbone enterprise, which is formed with the approval of the State Council, jointly invested by State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of the State Council, Shanghai Guo Sheng (Group) Co., Ltd., Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (CHALCO), China Baowu Steel Group Corporation Limited, and Sinochem Corporation, and headquartered in Shanghai. Mr. Jin Zhuanglong serves as the Chairman and Secretary of the Party Committee of COMAC, and Mr. He Dongfeng as the President.
COMAC functions as the main vehicle in implementing large passenger aircraft programs in China. It is also mandated with the overall planning of developing trunk liner and regional jet programs and realizing the industrialization of civil aircraft in China. COMAC is engaged in the research, manufacture and flight tests of civil aircraft and related products, as well as marketing, servicing, leasing and operations of civil aircraft. The company has nine member organizations: Design, Research and Development Center of COMAC (Shanghai Aircraft Design & Research Institute), Manufacturing and Final Assembly Center of COMAC(Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co Ltd.), Customer Service Center of COMAC (Shanghai Aircraft Customer Service Co., Ltd. ), Beijing Research Center of COMAC (Beijing Aeronautical Science & Technology Research Institute), Civil Aircraft Flight Test Center of COMAC, Capability & Supporting Center of COMAC (Shanghai Aviation Industrial (Group) Co., Ltd.), News Center of COMAC (Shanghai Commercial Aircraft Magazine Co., Ltd.), COMAC Sicuan Branch (In Preparation), and COMAC America Corporation. COMAC has also had its Beijing Office, U. S. Office and European Office in Beijing, Los Angeles and Paris respectively, and set up a Financial Service Center in Shanghai. COMAC is a shareholder of Chengdu Airlines Co., Ltd. and SPDB Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.
COMAC is formed and operated according to the standards of modern enterprise system, and adopts an “airframer-suppliers” model, focusing on aircraft design, final assembly and manufacture of aircraft, marketing and customer service, acquisition of certification, and supplier management. COMAC adheres to the principle of “development with Chinese characteristics” and attaches great importance to technological progress and self-reliant advancement in the process of marketing, integration, industrialization and globalization. The company endeavors to manufacture large passenger aircraft that are safer, cost-effective, comfortable and environment-friendly. COMAC is determined to independently build large Chinese passenger aircraft that will soon be soaring through the blue skies.
Mission: To let China-made large aircraft fly in the blue sky.
Large passenger aircraft is the embodiment of the nation’s industrial and technological standing as well as the comprehensive power, and is praised as “the flower of modern industry” and “a pearl in modern manufacturing industry”. In order to realize the century dream of flying in the sky and the strategy of the nation, COMAC is established, therefore, COMAC bears the nation’s dream and people’s trust. Summoned and inspired by the sacred mission of “letting China-made large aircraft fly in the blue sky”, all COMAC staff merge their life pursuits and value goals into the unremitting efforts for large passenger aircraft programs, tackle difficult problems, strive for success, and resolutely follow the road of civil aircraft development with Chinese characteristics and embodying technical progress in order to achieve the success of research, development and commerce of large passenger aircraft programs, drive economic, science and technology development of China, and make the aviation industry of China move up to a higher level.
Vision: To deliver safer, cost-effective, comfortable and environment-friendly civil aircraft.
Modern large passenger aircraft opens the human civilization of flying and becomes the most efficient means of transportation. As a member in the big family of world civil aircraft, COMAC will work together with customers and cooperative partners to deliver safer, cost-effective, comfortable and environment-friendly civil aircraft, help more people benefit from the achievements of aviation science and technology, make human enter a new era with higher safety and lower risk in flight, i.e. a new era of “harmonious coexistence of men and blue sky”, build a bridge for human friendship, civilization and progress, and promote sustainable development of the world.
Objectives: To build the large aircraft program into a symbol for the reform and opening up policy in the new era and for creating an innovative nation, and to build COMAC into a world-class aviation enterprise (“Two Builds”).
Researching and developing large passenger aircraft is a significant strategic decision to build an innovative country, improve our independent innovation capability and enhance our core competitiveness. COMAC will resolutely follow the road of independent innovation with Chinese characteristics and embodying technical progress to implement innovation in system, mechanism, technology and management, insist on the development strategy of marketization, integration, industrialization and internationalization to develop trunk liners and regional jets with independent intellectual property rights and achieve the success of research, development and commerce of programs, improve the manufacturing capability and management level of aviation industry in China to drive the significant development of corresponding basic subjects in China, promote the group breakthrough of key technology in relative fields in China to accelerate the formation of civil aircraft industrial chain and industrial cluster in China, and play a comprehensively driving function and a typically demonstrating effect in the construction of innovative country to become a world-class civil aircraft manufacturer.