Shanghai - A second C919 prototype made its first two-hour test flight from Shanghai Pudong Airport on Sunday, December 17th.
A total of 6 C919 prototypes will participate in the test campaign of the Chinese single-aisle, which aims to compete with the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737. Seven months after the inaugural flight last May, the goal of the Chinese manufacturer is now to carry out a long-distance flight in late January, according to Wang Wei, chief engineer at Comac. In total, more than 1,000 hours test flight is planned for the certification campaign by 2020.
Designed by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China with a configuration of 158 passengers over 4075 km (up to 174 in high density, an extended range version at 5555 km is also planned), the C919 is equipped with CFM International engines LEAP-1C.
The manufacturer registered 730 firm orders, options and purchase commitments from 27 clients; mainly Chinese leasing companies and GECAS, a subsidiary of GE that is involved in the LEAP, and Chinese carriers such as Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Hainan Airlines.
COMAC C919 will compete directly with the A319 and 737-700, but also with the Bombardier CS300 and the Irkut MC-21. COMAC has already got its hands on a smaller aircraft, the ARJ21 in the 78 to 90-seat segment, which has been certified in China.