COMAC C919 Officially Certified for Airworthiness

On September 29, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) held a ceremony at Beijing Capital Airport to officially issue the C919 aircraft type certificate to COMAC, marking that China’s first jetliner developed in full compliance with international advanced airworthiness standards has passed the CAAC airworthiness certification and meets the requirements of Part 25 of the Civil Aviation Regulations of China (CCAR-25-R3) for transport category aircraft, and is qualified for civil transportation.

The certificate document

The C919 passenger aircraft is a short to medium range commercial twin-engine passenger aircraft developed by China with independent intellectual property rights, which successfully made its maiden flight on May 5, 2017 and received its first type inspection approval on November 27, 2020. Currently, the C919 airliner has 28 customers with a cumulative order of 815 aircraft, and the first aircraft is expected to be delivered to launch user China Eastern Airlines by the end of the year.


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I’ve been waiting for this for so long, it has come.


I love the look of this plane. It looks like the A320 and A220 had a baby


And that’s why I hate it.


Oh no. I don’t like this plane one bit!

Airbus for life! Embraer and Boeing are next!


Cool advancement for the Chinese commercial aviation industry! It’ll be great to see the country’s airlines using a local and modern day passenger jet.


I find it cool, especially to see some new models in general. I also have much more hope for this than for the other A320-like plane in development, as this has a way more realistic economic environment and thus chance of success.


Hate comments will probably follow on this post soon but me personally I’m tired of the Airbus // Boeing duopoly in the skies, and I’m really keen on seeing Chinese jets in the mix.

I’m really no expert, but as long as they’re safe and airworthy, it’s all good. Right?


I’m a fan of the looks with this one, engine looks like a Max 8 with a A220 engine. After all, it’s made by LEAP.


As far as I know, this model still has a relatively long way to go to reach the same levels (performance but also cabin-wise) as A and B simply due to the fact that the others have had much more time and money to invest.

The biggest problem I see with this is, that many airlines and parts of the world are already dependent on A or B-family aircraft and supply chains, so establishing a reliable spare part supply chain is crucial. While geopolitical issues pose a threat, cheaper unit prices due to cheaper personnel (speculation) can maybe help to expand its footprint outside of China and other countries that are heavily influenced by China. Ofc A and B can give better discounts, but I can see some success possibilities. I also think this will work more like a “key” to enable Comac to “open” the door to further and even more advanced aircraft development in the future, rather than a true A and B competitor (for now).

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Advance technology


Lovely aircraft. Hopefully we’ll get to fly it in IF soon!


Hopefully this plane will be successful. I would really like to see a new plane enter the market to compete with Boeing and Airbus.

also it would add variety because you know….variety of planes at airports pretty much died after 1990 💀



A huge moment for the Chinese aviation for sure, and I do look forward to see what they can do in the future. While I try to remain unbiased on this, my experience with their ARJ21 regional jet was quite identical to any Airbus/Boeing aircraft (to be fair the components are more or less the same), so C919 with a similar concept to assemble imported parts should perform fairly well too. There’s still a long way to go with other certifications but it looks like a desirable start for Comac.

The next challenge is to start producing their own components and so on, though with the resources they have it does look promising in the long run.


Yeah, the Chinese government is willing to give them tens of billions


Looks like they copy and pasted some A220 and A320neo pieces together

Regardless, looks like they’re making strides to get a 3rd player into the narrow body market


I don’t like it but I don’t hate it either


Ever since I first became aware of the c919, I just want to see it in IF and just hoping to fly it as well. I feel like this is a leap in Chinese aviation

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obviosly its gonna be advanced technology bc its china