Looking ahead for 2020 and 2030 decades: COMAC

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By Bjorn Fehrm


July 1, 2020, © Leeham News: COMAC stands for Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. It was spun off from the equally state-owned military and civil aeronautical giant AVIC in 2008. COMAC's charter is designing, producing, and supporting civil airliners for China and, ultimately, world markets.

It presently runs three airliner programs, the 90 seat ARJ21, the 160 seat COMAC 919, and the Chinese part of the Joint Venture 280 seat CR929 widebody. Russia is the Joint venture partner for the CR929.

  • COMAC's strength is a large captive home market and unwavering support from its owner, the state.
  • Its weakness is lack of experience in designing, certifying, producing, and supporting airliners.
  • It will learn in all these areas when delivering to its captive market, China's state airlines.
  • When ready and with a next generation of aircraft, it will become a force to reckon with on the world market.

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