Instead of CFM International LEAP 1C, other engines will be installed
We have already written that COMAC is working on new versions of the C919 passenger airliner: a shortened version (Shortened Variant) with 140 seats and a longer version (Stretched Variant) with 210 seats. Now additional details have emerged about future aircraft.
The fuselage of the COMAC C919 Shortened Variant will be shortened by 3.6 meters – to 34 meters. With 140 passengers accommodated in two classes, the flight range will be 3000 km. And this is a rather interesting point, since nothing will be changed except the fuselage (the wing will remain the same, the engines will be the same CFM International LEAP 1C as the regular version), but at the same time, a standard C919 with 168 passengers on board can fly 4075 km . The Shortened Variant will likely be used for cargo transport more than the regular C919.
But the COMAC C919 Stretched Variant will be significantly redesigned. The fuselage will be lengthened by 7.4 m relative to the base model – up to 45 meters. This option will receive a different wing (extended) and an “improved engine” – the CFM International LEAP 1C will be replaced with something more powerful. The flight range in a two-class cabin configuration with 210 passengers on board will be 4,500 km.
In the COMAC C919 line, the Shortened Variant will become a kind of analogue of the Airbus A319, and the Stretched Variant can be recorded as an analogue of the Airbus A321.