In this post, we’ll compare two narrow-body aircraft, one from the United States (the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft) and one from China (the Comac C919 aircraft), which was just domestically manufactured.
China is seeking a larger market to supply its aircraft to domestic and foreign customers. Eastern China Airlines has recently received delivery of its first aircraft. With regard to its Boeing 737 segment of aircraft, Boeing already holds the largest market share. Undoubtedly, if the Comac aircraft becomes widely used, Boeing may lose market share in China.
Let’s analyze the specifications of both aircraft.
The Boeing 737 MAX is the fourth generation of the Boeing 737, a narrow-body airliner manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), a division of the American company Boeing. The first MAX 8 was delivered in May 2017 to Malindo Air, which began using it on May 22, 2017. A MAX 8 carrying 162 passengers on a 3,000 nautical mile (5,600 km) flight is anticipated to burn 1.8 percent less fuel than an airplane with blended winglets.
Compared to the A320neo, the MAX 8 is heavier at takeoff and has a lower empty weight. During a test flight for Aviation Week, the aircraft was flying at a less-than-ideal height while cruising at a real airspeed of 449 knots (832 km/h) and weighing 140,500 pounds (63,700 kg). The Boeing 737 MAX 8 completed its first flight test in La Paz, Bolivia. The 13,300-foot altitude at El Alto International Airport tested the MAX’s capability to take off and land at high altitudes.
In early 2017, a new B737-8 was valued at $52.85 million, rising to below $54.5 million by mid-2018, and the latest version is having a 200 Seater variant under construction for Ryanair. With a 160-passenger capacity, the 737-8 has so far been the most popular model.
A narrow-body airliner called the Comac C919 was created by the Chinese company Comac, and it had its inaugural flight on May 5, 2017. Not early than 2022 or 2023 is anticipated for the first commercial deliveries of the aircraft to China Eastern Airlines. Comac had 1008 pledges as of the end of August 2018, including 305 firm orders, many of which came from Chinese leasing companies or airlines.
At Shanghai Pudong International Airport, the C919 successfully completed its first pre-delivery flight test. According to Comac, the aircraft successfully finished a three-hour test session on May 14, 2022. This year will see the delivery of the aircraft in the livery of the Chinese company OTT Airlines, a division of China Eastern. The aircraft was listed in May 2022 for 653 million yuan (US$95 million), nearly matching the prices of the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 Max rivals and more than double the earlier estimate of US$50 million.
The C919 has a lower maximum fuel capacity than the A320 and 737-800, As a result, the normal variant’s range is only 2,200 nm and the extended range variants is 3,000 nm, respectively. Because the C919 was built to accommodate more passengers than the Boeing 737-800 in a standard all-economy configuration, COMAC was able to expand the fuel capacity and, consequently, the range of the aircraft.
Here are some of the differences between the Boeing 737-8 and the Comac C919:
- Manufacturing: The Boeing 737-8 is manufactured by Boeing, a US-based aerospace corporation, while the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), a Chinese state-owned aircraft manufacturer, the Comac C919.
- History: The Boeing 737 is a well-known aircraft model that has been in service for almost 50 years, whereas the Comac C919 is a newer aircraft that is currently in development.
- Size: The Comac C919 is slightly smaller than the Boeing 737-8, with a seating capacity of up to 210 people compared to the 737-8’s 174 seats.
- Range: The Boeing 737-8 has a range of about 6,570 km (3,550 nmi), whereas the Comac C919 has a range of about 5,576 km (3,011 nmi)
- Engines: The Boeing 737-8 is powered by CFM International LEAP engines, while the Comac C919 is powered by CFM International LEAP-1C engines.
- Cost: The Comac C919 is generally considered to be less expensive than the Boeing 737-8, with a list price of approximately $95 million compared to the $99.7 million list price of the 737-8.
- Orders: The Boeing 737-8 has over 5,800 orders from airlines all over the world, while the Comac C919 has over 800 orders.
- Customers: The Boeing 737-8 is used by various airlines, including several major worldwide carriers, but the Comac C919 is mostly used by Chinese airlines.
- Certification: The Boeing 737-8 has been certified by aviation authorities worldwide, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), while the Comac C919 is still in the certification process.
- Performance: The Boeing 737-8 has a proven track record of reliability and performance, but the Comac C919 is still in the midst of demonstrating its potential.
|Length||129 ft (39.47 m)||127.6 ft (38.9 m)|
|Wingspan||117 ft (35.92m)||117.5 ft (35.8 m)|
|MTOW||182,200 lb (82,600 kg)||159,835 lb (72,500 kg)|
|Maximum Payload||46,040 lb (20,880 kg)||45,000 lb (20,400 kg)|
|Range||3,550 nmi (6,570 km)||2,200 nmi (4,075 km)|
|Cruise||Mach 0.79 (453 kn; 839 km/h)||Mach 0.785 (450 kn; 834 km/h)|
|Takeoff||8,300 ft (2,500 m)||6,600 ft (2,000 m)|
|Landing||5,000 ft (1,500 m)||5,200 ft (1,600 m)|
|height||40 ft (12.29m)||39.2 ft (11.95 m)|
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The Austrian Ministry of Defense announced today the decision to select the C-390 Millennium aircraft as its new tactical transport solution. Embraer is honored to be chosen to support this important Air Force in Europe.
Austria joins Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, and the Netherlands as the future operators of the C-390 Millennium multi-mission platform, an aircraft that is rapidly redefining the standards of tactical transport in the world defense market.
Embraer is ready to support the Austrian Ministry of Defense and Air Force in order to meet the demanding requirements of their acquisition process and is prepared to further strengthen the relationship with this nation.
Meet Turkish Newest Helicopter T925 Utility Helicopter
Turkish TAI is one of the companies in the aerospace industry that is developing the fastest since it is releasing back-to-back aircraft for the defense industry. The KAAN 5th generation fighter, UAV, and other fighter jets were just recently launched. It is now getting ready to demonstrate its medium-capacity helicopter in competition with the Mi 17.
For the first time, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is displaying the T925 Utility Helicopter on a full scale. The remarkable TAI products ANKA, AKSUNGUR, T929 Attack Helicopter, and Unmanned Cargo Helicopter are shown alongside the helicopter, which has the tail number “TC-925,” in the static area.
The first flight is scheduled to take place after the T925’s manufacture is finished, which is expected to happen in 2024.
Temel Kotil, the general manager of TAI, had previously declared that the T925’s inaugural flight would occur on March 18 of that year.
Turkish Aerospace has spent many years developing its idea for a large helicopter. Prior to now, it was believed to be primarily focused on military requirements, possibly displacing larger helicopters currently in use by Turkey’s military.
The Gökbey has a main rotor diameter of 13.20 m and is 15.87 m long, whereas the T925, also known as General Purpose II by Turkish Aerospace Industries CEO Temel Kotil, is 19.95 m long and has a main rotor diameter of 17.3 m. According to Temel Kotil, the General Purpose II actually fills a requirement for expanded transport capacity, notably in terms of passengers. Whereas the T625 can carry 12, the T925 will be able to carry 18.
Performance-wise, the General Purpose II will be inferior to the Gökbey with a range of 370.4 km and an operational range of up to 3 hours. The service ceiling will be 20,000 feet (or 6096 meters).
- transport of troops and equipment,
- search, and rescue,
- VIP transport,
- medical transport.
TAI has got more attention from the industry and which is also served the best in class categories. Current plans call for the production of around 24 Gokbey helicopters per year in 2025 and ramping up to as many as 40 a year in 2027.
Comparison between Dornier-228 v/s Indonesian N219
In this article, we’ll talk about two different types of airplanes: the Dornier-228 from India and the N-219 from Indonesia.
Indian Dornier-228 specification
The HAL Dornier 228 is a twin-turboprop utility aircraft that was created by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), an Indian state-owned aerospace and defense firm, in collaboration with Dornier Flugzeugwerke, a German aircraft manufacturer.
The Dornier 228 is a versatile aircraft that can perform a number of tasks, such as passenger transport, transporting cargo, and conducting maritime surveillance. To support these diverse missions, it is outfitted with a variety of equipment and sensors, including radar, a searchlight, and a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera.
The first Dornier 228-100 entered service in Norving’s fleet in July 1982 after being developed in the 1980s. It is currently in use by numerous military and civilian operators all over the world, including the Indian Coast Guard and the Nepal Army. The Dornier 228 has a maximum seating capacity of 19 passengers and a ferry range of about 2,363 kilometers.
Indonesia’s N219 specification
Let’s speak about the N219 aircraft, which is a new generation multi-purpose aircraft with the largest cabin cross-section in its class, a proven and efficient engine, a modern avionics system, fixed tricycle landing gear, and a wide cargo door to make changing aircraft configuration easier. As a result, N219 Nurtanio is designed to give operators with technical and economic benefits.
The Indonesian N219 is a regional turboprop aircraft being developed by Indonesian aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI). It is intended to replace Indonesian airlines’ outdated fleet of Fokker 27 and Fokker 28 aircraft. The N219 has a ferry range of around 1,533 kilometers and it has a seating capacity of around 19 to 21 passengers.
The N219 project began in 2015, and the prototype debuted on 16 August 2017. It is anticipated that the aircraft, which is now in the testing and certification phase, would soon begin flying for Indonesian airlines.
This aircraft may be employed for a variety of missions, including passenger and troop transport, freight and medical supplies, surveillance, and patrolling.
The selling price of N219 aircraft, according to PTDI’s Production Director, Arie Wibowo, is in the region of US $ 6 million per unit, or roughly Rp 81 billion.
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