COMAC celebrates delivery of first ARJ21
Today, COMAC has delivered the first ARJ21-700 (Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century) to its launch customer Chengdu Airlines. The delivery ceremony took place in Shanghai, at COMAC Dachang Final Assembly Line. Jean-Luc Doublet, Senior Vice President of Safran Group, COMAC & AVIC Aircraft Programs, attended the event with Sagem (Safran) representatives.
The ARJ21 program was initially launched by AVIC/ACAC, lately integrated to COMAC. Safran has been selected through Sagem as tier one supplier for the Flight Deck Control System (FDCS). After the acquisitions by Safran of the Power Distribution Management Solutions and the Integrated Cockpit Solutions business of Eaton in 2014, Sagem also supplies the Cockpit Control Panels and Labinal Power Systems (Safran) provides some circuit breakers for the ARJ21.
"This delivery is an important milestone for the China aerospace industry, since the ARJ21 is the first Chinese jetliner and the first COMAC aircraft to be delivered to a final customer," said Jean-Luc Doublet. "Safran is very proud to be part of this Program and will bring full support to Chengdu Airlines to the Entry into Service of this new aircraft."
Safran has been present in China for 100 years. Over the last four decades, it has created a number of partnerships with major players in the Chinese aviation industry, including AVIC and COMAC. In particular, Safran is very active on the C919 Program, where we provide the Integrated Propulsion System, including the engine and nacelle, through CFM International*, and the EWIS (Electrical Wiring Interconnection System) through SAIFEI (JV between Safran and COMAC). Today, more than half of all mainline jets in China are powered by the CFM56, with over 3,900 of CFM56 and LEAP engines in service or on order. Safran engines and autopilots, or its licensed products, equip more than half of all helicopters used in the country. At the same time, some 40% of the commercial airplanes in China use landing gear or brakes from Safran, which also provides biometric identification equipment and explosive detection systems for checked luggage to Chinese airports. Safran now has 20 entities and more than 1,800 people operating in China.