COMAC Leading the Way for China’s Aerospace Ambitions

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

CR929 model. Source: COMACCOMAC, and its former parent, AVIC, have worked hand in glove on two of China’s premier aircraft programs, the C919 narrowbody airliner and the ARJ21 regional jet. More recently, COMAC partnered with Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) on a new airliner, the CR929. Continue reading

AVIC Leads China’s Drive to Become an Aerospace Powerhouse

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

China's Comac rolled-out its new C919 airliner on November 2. [Photo: Comac]

China’s Comac rolled-out its new C919 airliner on November 2. [Photo: Comac]

As China continues to refine its aviation dreams, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) remains at the forefront.  The company leads that nation’s drive to become a major aerospace power. As such, it has been subject to numerous changes throughout the years.  Most recently, the government has borrowed a page from Western corporate practices and begun to focus the firm on its core operations in airframe manufacturing. Continue reading

COMAC Slowly Ramps Up ARJ21 Production

by Douglas Royce, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

COMAC's ARJ21. Source: COMAC

COMAC’s ARJ21.   Source: COMAC

COMAC’s ARJ21-700 program delivered its second aircraft to launch customer Chengdu Airlines in October 2016. The company delivered the airline’s first aircraft in November 2015, but it did not enter service until the following June. A slow ramp-up in production will follow as COMAC works with operators to resolve problems that are bound to crop up after an aircraft enters service. Continue reading

China’s AVIC Moves Closer to World Stage with Rollout of C919

By Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

C919 Rollout Cermony. (COMAC)

C919 Rollout Cermony. (COMAC)

China’s dream of becoming a major aerospace power took a step closer to becoming reality with the long-awaited rollout of the C919.  This all-new narrowbody airliner is designed to compete directly against Airbus’ A320 family and Boeing’s 737.

Led by AVIC’s COMAC subsidiary, the program is now entering the difficult phase of testing, certification and delivery. It’s true that AVIC may have gained experience through the long-delayed ARJ21 regional jet program, but even Airbus, Boeing, and Bombardier have trouble keeping to aggressive schedules with all-new aircraft.  Testing and certificating the C919 is going to be a long, drawn-out process, and service entry in the Chinese market is unlikely to occur until 2018 or later. Continue reading