22-Dec-2009 8:26 AM

COMAC selects CFM LEAP-X engines to power C919

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and CFM International announced the new LEAP-X1C engine has been selected as the sole western powerplant to launch the new C919 narrobody aircraft scheduled to enter commercial service in 2016. COMAC forecasts a global market for more than 2,000 C919 aircraft over 20 years. COMAC has opted for a complete Integrated Propulsion System (IPS) for the C919. CFM will provide the engine in partnership with Nexcelle, which will provide the nacelle and thrust reverser to deliver a complete IPS engine solution to COMAC. Nexcelle is a 50:50 JV between GE's Middle River Aircraft Systems and SAFRAN Group's Aircelle. [more - CFM] [more - GE] [more - Nexcelle]

CFM International and AVIC Commercial Aircraft Engine Company also signed (21-Dec-2009) an MoU to establish a final assembly line and engine test facility to support the LEAP-X1C engine. [more]