China’s Comac has selected Crane Aerospace to provide the door signals system for its new C919 airliner. The system will monitor and communicate the position of the C919 fuselage doors, cargo doors and flight locks. It communicates the status of the doors and locks to other aircraft systems as well as too panels mounted on the doors.
With a firm launch customer in hand and fourth test aircraft ready to take flight, two years ago China’s ARJ21 program appeared to have found its stride just as the last Singapore Airshow approached in 2010.
Garuda Indonesia has ordered CFM International’s Leap-1A engines to power the airline’s 10 Airbus A320neo jets. The $220 million deal takes total business for the new Leap turbofan family to nearly 2,450 engines worth $29 billion at list prices. The Leap series will power three aircraft types: the A320neo (Leap-1A), Boeing 737 Max (Leap-1B) and Comac C919 (Leap-1C).
Safran’s Labinal and Comac have established a Shanghai-based joint venture known as Shanghai Saifei Aviation Ewis Manufacturing, with Comac taking a 51-percent share. A signing ceremony at the Paris Air Show this week formally created the new company, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding in February. The new venture specializes in electrical wiring interconnection systems, which it is providing for the Comac C-919 airliner.
Canada’s Bombardier and China’s Comac will become close partners in the coming years under the terms of a framework agreement signed between the two companies in March that calls for cooperation in seven major areas, according to Bombardier Commercial Aircraft vice president of international business Ben Boehm.
China’s new single-aisle aircraft, the Comac C919, has amassed its first 100 orders and a heavyweight team of international suppliers as it heads for a scheduled first flight just three years from now and service entry in 2016. Only a scale model is on show here at Le Bourget this week, but the program represents nothing less than China’s first serious bid to hit the international air transport big time.
Pratt & Whitney has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Comac, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, for cooperation on leadership training. The programs, conducted by the Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Center in collaboration with Hamilton Sundstrand and Sikorsky, provide targeted curricula for senior executives, mid-level managers and high-potential employees.
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) and Canada’s Bombardier today signed a so-called framework agreement to establish long-term strategic cooperation on commercial aircraft. The collaboration “will leverage the synergies and strengths of both companies to develop mutually beneficial projects,” said Bombardier in a statement.
China’s new ARJ21-700 regional jet appears on track to meet a revised timeline to achieve certification and first deliveries by year-end, according to the latest reports from its manufacturer. If the state-controlled airframer achieves that goal, it will happen barely a year after the 90-seater made its public debut at last November’s Airshow China in Zhuhai.
China’s Comac delivered on its promise to make a splash at this week’s Zhuhai Airshow today, as the state-controlled aerospace conglomerate revealed the identities of no fewer than six customers for the new C919 narrowbody. Together, Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, China’s CDB Leasing and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) have placed orders for 100 aircraft, according to Comac.