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From Passenger Safety and Comfort to Operational Efficiencies, COMAC C919 Takes Off with UTC Aerospace Systems Onboard

Advanced integrated systems help China's first large commercial jetliner take flight

- Seven advanced integrated systems from UTC Aerospace Systems make the C919 more intelligent

- Proven technologies from UTC Aerospace Systems help launch commercial aviation in China

- Successful outcome of relationship with COMAC that began in 2002

May 5, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), today joined with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) in celebrating the first flight of the C919, the first large commercial jetliner designed and built in China.  

The first flight of the C919 marks China's first step in entering the narrow-body commercial aviation arena and offers COMAC the opportunity to capitalize on the forecasted growth of aviation in China, considered the world's fastest growing aviation market.  COMAC has already secured more than 500 C919 orders from 23 customers.  

"At UTC Aerospace Systems, we have a broad and deep portfolio of systems-level solutions that enables airframers to build aircraft customized to their customers' unique specifications," said Dave Gitlin, President, UTC Aerospace Systems.  "We are thrilled to see COMAC's tremendous progress, and we congratulate them on the first flight of the C919. We are proud to be onboard." 

UTC Aerospace Systems' technology can be found throughout the C919. Key systems include: electric power, emergency power, cockpit and thrust controllers, interior and exterior lighting, emergency passenger door actuation, fire protection, and ice detection and prevention.

"Our systems expertise, deep industry knowledge and in-country investment have helped us build a strong working relationship with COMAC," added Gitlin. "And we look forward to celebrating many more milestones with COMAC in the future."

About UTC Aerospace Systems

UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries, supporting a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities. For more information about the company, visit our website at www.utcaerospacesystems.com or follow us on Twitter: @utcaerosystems

About United Technologies Corporation

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information about the company, visit our website at www.utc.com or follow us on Twitter: @UTC

 

SOURCE UTC Aerospace Systems

For further information: Melissa Noebes, +1 704-423-7534, melissa.noebes@utas.utc.com, @utcaerosystems