China develops a passenger jet, but it’s mostly made in America

China develops a passenger jet, but it’s mostly made in America

By Matthew Humphries Nov. 3, 2015 1:45 pm C919_01

In 2008, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) set about designing and developing a brand new passenger jet that China could call its own. That jet is the C919, and it was unveiled on Monday to China’s state media with a first flight planned for next year. However, although China is claiming the C919 as its own, that’s not really the case.

The C919 is a twin-engine passenger jet capable of carrying 174 passengers and traveling up to 3,451 miles (5,555km). Once in service, it is expected to be used for many routes across China as well as flights to popular destinations including Singapore and Bangkok. Comac is also positioning it as a direct competitor to Boeing’s 737 and the Airbus 320.

Typically today when you look at where a product sold in the US has been manufactured there’s a good chance a “made in China” stamp will be present. But with the C919, the opposite is true. While the tail, wings, fuselage, and radar cover on the jet are all manufactured in China, the majority of the aircraft is in fact made in the USA.
The engines are made by the joint US-French company CFM International, the power system and landing gear are from Honeywell, and the other US-made components include the weather radar, doors signal system, flight recorders, fire detection systems, auxiliary power units, tires, fuel systems, and flight control actuation system. The thrust reverser and wing anti-ice system are both French.

I’m sure none of these companies mind the C919 being touted as a Chinese aircraft, especially when you can guarantee their use within China will be encouraged and therefore means thousands of sales. But it does show that while China continues to be a huge player in the manufacturing market, the expertise comes from the West. This should be an encouraging sign for US and European businesses. As China’s population continues to grow and become wealthier and more middle class, so will the desire for products that the West can provide.


  • theunhivedmind

    It’s good news that China wants to make its own aircraft and right now it’s a must for any nation who don’t want NATO electronic warfare operations targeting their aircraft through Boeing and Airbus uninterruptable autopilot systems which have been present on commercial aircraft since the early 1990s. I strongly suggest China and Russia try to maintain or share their own aircraft and never use any aircraft from other nations of the West (Airbus and Boeing). China needs to make this plane in China or BRICS nations using only their own parts and never western technologies. For now China should be making sure they source outside parts external to the aggression of the U.S. who’re attempting to provoke China into a war situation in the South China Sea. Russia has a lot of potential with Sukhoi who make both passenger (SuperJet) and the best fighter jets. All nations need to develop their own hardware and software to electronically control aircraft engines. Under no circumstances should China ever use western FADEC systems from the likes of TRW as these all have backdoors in the software in order to take control and crash aircraft.

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    • theunhivedmind

      Russian jets banned?

      Anonymous wrote:

      Airplanes and Airlines

      Russia used to fly Russian made TU planes. But now all Russian companies have ditched TU planes and use Boeing or Airbus. I asked the question to a charter company CEO. I was told that if they did not use an aircraft from an approved manufacturer, that airplane and the airplanes from that company will be deemed unsafe and will not be allowed to enter Europen/US airspace. The FAA approved aircrafts are Boeing and Airbus. When Russia built their Sukhoi Superjet, they used American engines and controls. The Chinese airplanes are fitted with American engines as well. Still they are not approved for European / US airspace.

      So, everybody in the world has to use Boeing/Airbus. Boeing and Airbus aircraft need to be regularly serviced by their personnel in their own shops. These facilities are invariably Israeli owned. There are no facilities in Russia to service Boeing or Airbus. CIA/Mossad can fit any of these aircraft with whatever they want, including remote controls and spying equipment, during scheduled maintenance. So, if you see an Airbus or Boeing disappear or go straight down, don’t be surprised.

      My response (Jim Stone): The Sukhoi superjet is actually superior in it’s segment to Boeing and Airbus. The crash was totally inexplicable, and I managed to trace it down to a remote control crash that happened via a PC terminal in the Philippines. Maybe I will dig up that report, it was all verified.

      Anyway, a great way to crush Russia in the commuter air sector is by just arbitrarily banning their planes, I guess that would be a tactic. But that won’t stop Sukhoi from kicking the F-35 in the behind on the battlefield, where reality actually plays out and that particular rattle trap dies against Russia.

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