Eaton Technology Supports Successful First Flight of COMAC C919

Date: 2017/5/05

SHANGHAI ... Technologies developed by power management company Eaton helped power the successful first flight of the COMAC C919, the largest commercial airliner designed and built in China by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC). The first flight was conducted today at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

“The COMAC C919 first flight is a milestone in China’s civil aviation industry. It represents an outstanding and productive effort for both Eaton and COMAC,” said Benjamin Yiu, general manager, Aerospace Group, Asia Pacific, Eaton. “With seven years of cooperation in the joint venture, Eaton has built a good relationship with COMAC and is honored to be a leading technology provider for the C919. We’re so proud to witness this important accomplishment today and will continue to support COMAC and C919 with Eaton’s world-class civil aviation technology, manufacturing capabilities and proven management practices.”

Eaton formed a Joint Venture with the Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co.(SAMC), a subsidiary of COMAC, in July 2010. The joint venture is focused on the design, development, manufacture and support of hydraulic and fuel conveyance systems for the COMAC C919 single-aisle commercial aircraft program, COMAC ARJ21 regional jet program and other aircraft platforms in China and Asia Pacific markets. The Eaton-SAMC joint venture (ESJV) was COMAC’s first joint venture with a foreign company in China.

ESJV’s high-quality work has been recognized by COMAC since its first deliveries in 2013. In 2016, ESJV moved to its new plant in Zhuqiao Town, in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai. ESJV will further localize its complex manufacturing capabilities to support the commercial production of C919.

In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems.  Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.


Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.