First Chinese Passenger Aircraft Unveiled at Paris Air Show
The forward fuselage prototype of the first Chinese made large passenger aircraft, the C919 was unveiled at the 49th Paris Airshow, which began on Monday and will end on this coming Sunday. The prototype model features a cockpit and forward section of the aircraft’s cabin.
The cabin measures 17 meters in length, 5.6 meters in height and 3.96 meters in width. The last time it was displayed to the public was during the 2010 Zhuhai Air Show. The aircraft’s manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China is expecting order contracts in the next few days after the unveiling.
The company is also planning to make a deal with CFM International, an engine maker, to design the C919′s propulsion system. The C919 is a medium to short range commercial trunkliner with an intended lifetime of 90,000 flight hours over 30 calendar years.
The basic C919 version will have 168 economy class seats and 156 hybrid class seats and be designed with a range of 4,075km with and the capacity for extended range of 5,555km. The company is expected to launch its maiden flight of the C919 aircraft in 2014 with the aircraft going into full service by 2016.