COMAC transfers fifth C919 prototype from Shanghai to Nanchang for extreme weather testing

Shanghai, China - Chinese state-run aircraft manufacturer COMAC has flown its fifth C919 prototype to Nanchang in southeast China.

This was the second flight of the aircraft after the first test flight that was conducted last month.

The new single-aisle jet of the Chinese planemaker left Shanghai for Yaohu Airport in Nanchang, where it will be exposed to a series of tests, including extreme temperatures and humidity.

COMAC will roll out one more prototype next year. It will be the last prototype to be used for the certification campaign of the type, which will undergo additional tests such as flight control and stall testing. Two of five existing prototypes are dedicated to ground testing process of the type.

COMAC has so far accumulated 305 firm orders and 700 order commitments for the C919 mainly from the Chinese airline operators.

The Chinese company launched the development program in 2008. The construction of the first prototype began in December 2011 and the plane made its maiden flight on May 5, 2017.

According to a report published by the information security company Crowdstrike, the C919 was developed thanks to the massive technology stolen by the Chinese government and a government-affiliated hacking group "Turbine Panda".

Short of kicking down the door just as a cyber actor pushes enter, it is frustratingly hard to prove who is responsible for cyber attacks with 100% certainty. However, a series of recent U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) indictments released over the course of two years, combined with CrowdStrike Intelligence’s own research, has allowed for startling visibility into a facet of China’s shadowy intelligence apparatus,

the opening paragraph of the report says.

C919 Components

Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) aims to obtain the airworthiness certification from the Chinese regulator in 2021. The initial plan was 2020. The first aircraft will be delivered to the launch customer China Eastern Airlines in 2021.

The CFM Leap-1C-powered C919 is intended to compete with the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX.