ARJ21 u2013 competitor of Airbus a220 and Embraer e-jet.
C919 u2013 competitors of Boeing 737 and A320.
C929 u2013 competitors of Airbus A330 and Boeing 787.
C939 u2013 competitors of Airbus A350 and Boeing 777.
C919 -- delivery in 2021?
Compare Boeing and Airbus
The length is 38.9m 39.50m37.57m
Weight: 42.1 tons 41.4 tons 44.3 tons
Engine cfmleap-1ccfm56-7 series cfmleap-1a or pw1100g
The C919 has a typical capacity of 168 passengers (first class cabin configuration, but the maximum capacity is 190 passengers), with a range of 4075 km. In addition, the range will be extended to 5555 km. The engine has been identified as a Ge leap-1c engine, the same as that used on a320neo and all 737max aircraft.
Endurance brings more limitations. The range of C919 is 4075 km, that of 737-800 is 5436 km, and that of a320neo is 6500 km. From the range of several aircraft, we can see that the range of Airbus and the C919 has an advantage of about 1000 nautical miles, which may not be attributed to better engine or shark fin winglets (like the difference between A320 and a320neo), which seems more like the choice of the whole system engineering. Considering that C919 is mainly designed for China, Chinese airlines will not encounter so many concerns when flying domestic routes. Although it may limit its use on international routes, there is no need to worry about what will happen in the near future. According to the published data, compared with A320 and 737-800, the maximum fuel capacity of C919 is 16160l, which is relatively small. The fuel capacity of A320 and 737-800 are 24210 L and 26020 L respectively.
According to COMAC, the company (as of September 2020) has received orders from 28 airlines for a total of 815. These orders are mainly from domestic airlines in China, including but not limited to Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. Other Chinese airlines customers include Hainan Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Hebei airlines. There are also big orders from Chinas airliner leasing companies, many of which are subsidiaries of the Bank of China. There is also the only order from GE Capital, an airline leasing company. The real test for the C919 is whether we can see services with non Chinese airlines. Trade relations between China and many Southeast Asian or African countries are very close, and if the price of C919 is lower than that of Airbus and Boeing, it may be very attractive (this price may be difficult to reach, but CNETs analysis shows that the price of C919 may be half of that of Airbus and Boeing. But in the end, the potential additional training, maintenance, reliability risk, noise and the economy of the aircraft should be considered. After all, people are not state-owned.
China has the second largest aviation market in the world (according to the data of IATA in 2019). Even if the Chinese market does not move forward, it will be a huge market. China has decided to spend as much money as it should and for as long as it should, until they have their own aircraft comparable to Boeing and Airbus, Scott Kennedy, senior adviser at the center for strategic and international studies in Washington, D.C., explained in an interview with CNET. The goal of the Chinese government is that China has its own airplanes, because in their view, big countries should have their own airplanes. Furthermore, ARJ and C919 aircraft will be used to enter the international market and promote the domestic airliner industry. Time will show us how far the C919 can go, and time will prove the potential of the C919.