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CRAIC C929 - China, 2025

Detailing the development and operational history of the CRAIC C929 Widebody Passenger Airliner.

 Entry last updated on 11/2/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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

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.

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.

CRAIC C929 Specifications

Service Year: 2025
Status: In-Development
Type: Widebody Passenger Airliner
National Origin: China
Manufacturer(s): China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation (CRAIC) - China / Russia
Total Production: 0

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 196.85 feet (60 meters)
Overall Width: 198.49 feet (60.50 meters)
Overall Height: 55.77 feet (17.00 meters)

Weight (Empty): 264,555 lb (120,000 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 540,133 lb (245,000 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 2 x Rolls-Royce OR General Electric turbofans of unknown thrust output.

Maximum Speed: 494 knots (569 mph; 915 kph)
Maximum Range: 6,517 nautical miles (7,500 miles; 12,070 km)
Service Ceiling: 41,010 feet (12,500 meters; 7.77 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

China (probable); Russia (assumed)

Model Variants

C929 - Proposed Base Series Designation.

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