Albany will provide composite engine parts for Chinese jet

Albany Engineered Composites will provide composite fan blades and other components for the LEAP-X engines that will power COMAC's new 150-seat passenger aircraft.

The Albany Times Union reported on Dec. 22 that Albany Engineered Composites (AEC), a unit of Albany International Corp. (Albany, N.Y., USA), will provide advanced composite fan blades and other engine components for the LEAP-X engines that will power a new 150-seat passenger aircraft being developed by Commercial Aircraft Corp. (COMAC) of China Ltd. COMAC announced it had chosen the LEAP-X1C engine developed by CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Safran (Paris, France).

The report says AEC has been working with Safran since 2006 to develop the advanced composite fan blades using AEC's weaving technology. The C919 passenger jet is expected to enter service in 2016.

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