This is the development and tracking thread of the CRAIC CR922. Since I missed out on the first few years of the development I have included below part of a Wikipedia article.
Development Between 2011 and 2017
In June 2011, Comac was studying the 290-seat C929 and 390-seat C939 wide-body aircraft.In June 2012, after assessing demand, Russia and China were to set up a joint venture between UAC and Comac to develop a successor to the Il-96. Development was expected to take at least seven years and cost $7–12 billion, with target production of several hundred aircraft. Russia would contribute its knowledge and China would provide the resources.
In May 2014, a memorandum on cooperation was reached and a feasibility study completed in autumn 2014. UAC estimated that wide-body demand worldwide through 2033 amounts to 8,000 aircraft, including 1,000 in China. In November 2014, UAC suggested a range of 12,000 km (6,500 nmi) range while Comac pointed to a gap in the market for a moderate range of 7,400 km (4,000 nmi); initial capacity was targeted for 250-280 seats with later shrink and stretch. In February 2015 preliminary design had begun. A nine-year, $13 billion development program was expected to be launched in 2016, targeting a 2025 introduction. Comac was expected to develop and build the fuselage while UAC handles the composite wing and fin.
In June 2015, an agreement targeted a mid-2021 first flight, with certification and initial deliveries in 2024. The airframe would be 50% composite and 15% titanium; UAC would deliver the first 360 ft-span (110 m) composite wings in 2019-2020. In November 2015, a more fuel-efficient, re-engined version of the Ilyushin IL-96-400M was announced as a more attainable and affordable alternative.
In June 2016, an agreement was signed to set up a 50-50 joint venture. In November 2016, at Zhuhai Airshow, Comac and UAC searched for suppliers and approached Honeywell and United Technologies. A mock-up was exhibited at the show. Comac and UAC estimated the development at 10 years, implying a first delivery in 2027 if the joint company was established and the program launched in 2017.
Evidence Show That The CRAIC CR929 Won’t Arrive On Time
Evidence is building that China and Russia’s long-haul passenger plane won’t arrive on time. The date for the first flight of a long-haul passenger plane jointly developed by China and Russia looks set to slip.
State-owned companies in Russia and China have been working together on a wide-body jet program since 2014 and was originally planned to enter the market by 2025.
Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) are building the CR929, a long-range, 250-320-seat, wide-body plane powered by two engines. The joint venture, headquartered in Shanghai, operates under the name CRAIC. The CR929 is aimed at winning a slice of the growing aviation pie and is particularly focused on the long-range routes currently dominated by Boeing’s 787 and the Airbus A350.
The firms jointly unveiled a full-size model of the plane at the November 2018 Zhuhai Airshow in China where COMAC maintained that a first customer delivery should happen by 2025. That date now looks in doubt after UAC said in June this year that while it had received its first preliminary orders, the first finished plane may now not appear until 2027.
CRAIC Program Director Xie Canjun told industry press in February this year that the concept design of the plane should be complete by early 2020.
“How wide and how long, the internal layout, the aircraft’s basic functionality, what is the range, and passenger capacity, these have all been done,” he said.
Russia will build the wings, but the plane’s fuselage is to be built in China where final assembly will occur.
CR929 Engine confusion
Aside from differing estimations on delivery dates, engine selection is offering further hints that communication between Russia and China is not operating smoothly.
General Electric and Rolls Royce are the two finalists to initially supply engines but a joint effort to develop a Sino-Russian engine for the Craic CR929 was announced at the Zhuhai show.
This news was immediately complicated by the Aero Engine Corp. of China (AECC) that displayed its own engine at the show. AECC executives claimed at the event that it hoped to be chosen as the supplier to ultimately power the plane.
Not to be outdone, Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) has also been included in the list of the CR929’s potential suppliers. UEC is developing a turbofan engine which the manufacturer says would meet the needs of the CR929.
The specifications of the CRAIC CR929
|Capacity||258-280 (3-class seating)|
|261-291 (2-class seating)|
|405-440 (1-class seating)|
|Length||63.755 m (209.17 ft)|
|Wingspan||63.86 m (209.5 ft)|
|Height||17.9 m / 58.7 ft|
|Fuselage||5.92 m / 19.4 ft (width)|
|6.07 m / 19.9 ft (height)|
|Cabin max width||5.61 m / 18.4 ft|
|MTOW||245 t (540,000 lb)|
|Payload||48.83–50.4 t (107,700–111,100 lb)|
|Fuel capacity||103.7 t (229,000 lb)|
|Thrust||78,000 lbf (347 kN)|
|Cruise||Mach 0.85 (490 kn; 908 km/h)|
|Range||12,000 km / 6,480 nmi|
In my opinion it looks like a cross breed of a A350 and Dreamliner.
I will continue to update this topic over time with current developments.