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CRAIC C929 / CR929

China (2025)
Picture of CRAIC C929 / CR929 Widebody Passenger Airliner

A Chinese-Russian joint venture is set to produce a new widebody market challenger in the CRAIC C929 passenger hauler.


Detailing the development and operational history of the CRAIC C929 / CR929 Widebody Passenger Airliner.  Entry last updated on 6/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

A new Chinese-Russian joint partnership launched in May of 2017 sees COMAC of China and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) of Russia attempting to bring to market an all-new cost-efficient widebody passenger airliner. This product is set to compete directly with the likes of the Boeing 777/787 models as well as the French Airbus A330/A340/A380 series. The teams will operate under the "China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation" product banner - abbreviated as "CRAIC" - with headquarters based in Shanghai, China (though engineering will take place in Moscow, Russia).

The product is tentatively designated "C929".

There will be three variants of the base design drawn up: the short-ranged form will seat 230 persons and the intermediate-range variant will shuttle approximately 280 persons (with Economy-class seating set as nine across). The long-range model will house up to 320 passengers. It is expected that the general range of the intermediate aircraft design will reach up to 7,500 miles with power (rather interestingly) to come from a foreign engine brand (British Rolls-Royce or American General Electric being named so far). The primary goal of the project is to advance operating cost efficiency for carriers so, to aid this, a wing mainplane primarily constructed out of advanced composites is said to be in play and up to half of the fuselage will feature the technology with extensive lines integrated to provide the necessary electric service to the various planned components.

The initial design phase is set to run from 2017 until the conclusion of 2018 at which point certification will be sought the following year. A first-flight is tentatively scheduled for 2024 and first-delivery will occur before the end of the next decade. The joint partnership hopes to see the launch of the new line sometime in the late-2020s.

Based on UAC company renderings, the C929 is expected to maintain a traditional design arrangement with a forward-set flight deck, tubular fuselage and single-finned tail unit. The engine pairing will be underslung at each wing (one engine per wing) and the wing mainplanes swept rearwards while capped by finely contoured winglets adding efficiency. Most of the proposed advances of the aircraft will take place internally.

Performance specifications presented on this page are, for the most part, estimated based on competing designs and will be adjusted as new information allows.

Any available statistics for the CRAIC C929 / CR929 Widebody Passenger Airliner are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).




  Program Updates  


October 2017 - United Engine Corp of Russia and Aero Engine Corp of China have teamed up to devlier an all-new engine for the C929 widebody airliner.

May 2018 - Current design specifications of the C929 now see seating for nine abreast, requiring a wider fuselage (about 6 meters in width) which, in turn, now requires engines of greater thrust output (nearing 78,000lb to 80,000lb each unit).

June 2018 - The CR929 is tentatively scheduled for a first-flight in 2023.




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Rating: 12 (of 100)
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (569mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: China
Year: 2025
Type: Widebody Passenger Airliner
Manufacturer(s): China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation (CRAIC) - China / Russia
Production: 0
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
China (probable); Russia (possible)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the CRAIC CR929 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
196.85 ft


Meters
60 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
198.49 ft


Meters
60.5 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
55.77 ft


Meters
17 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
264,555 lb


Kilograms
120,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
540,133 lb


Kilograms
245,000 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Rolls-Royce OR General Electric turbofans of 71,250lb to 78,000lb thrust output each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
569 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
915 kph


Knots
494 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
7,500 mi


Kilometers
12,070 km


Nautical Miles
6,517 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
41,010 ft


Meters
12,500 m


Miles
7.77 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• C929 - Proposed Base Series Designation.
• CR929 - Alternative designation