Chinese-Russian widebody C929 materializes [Pictures]
On November 6, 2018, CRAIC revealed a full size mock up model of its widebody airliner-to-be, the C929. The model showcased how the cockpit and three passenger classes in distinctive “Chinese and Russian style” interior decorations would look like in reality.
C929-600 basic version, which is now in “design definition” stage, will come in three passenger classes and provide “entirely” enjoyable comfort for flight and cabin crew, according to developers.
The C929 mock up was unveiled as part of China’s biennial Airshow, held in Zhuhai on November 6-11, 2018.
The C929 is being developed by the China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation (CRAIC), a joint venture between the two countries’ aerospace giants - Russia’s UAC and China’s COMAC.
C929-600 in basic three-class configuration is to fly up to 12.000 km and carry 280 passengers, according to the latest update by UAC. The aircraft family will also include two other versions: C929–700, a stretched fuselage modification, and C929–500, which would feature cut fuselage.
The current design definition and selection of main systems and equipment suppliers stage is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. The aircraft could be introduced in in 2025, with its maiden flights and first deliveries taking part in 2025-2028.
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