China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation Ltd. (CRAIC) has unveiled a life-size model of its proposed wide-body long-haul aircraft at the opening day of Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai. CRAIC pulled the curtains down and showed off the mockup of the CR929’s cockpit and passenger cabin in a ceremony that was attended by senior executives from both state-owned planemakers- the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).
“Our program is making progress and is on schedule,” said UAC President Yury Slyusar. “It is currently in the preliminary design phase and we are also in the supplier and equipment selection phase, which will finish by the end of 2019.”
The mockup, which was 22 meters long, 6.5 meters tall and 5.9 meters wide, showed a roomy interior with 9-abreast basic seating in economy class.
Chen Yingchun, COMAC’s chief designer for the CR929 program, told reporters that CRAIC would seek supplier proposals from all over the world. The airplane makers have sought proposals for a suitable engine and landing gear.
The programme was announced by UAC and COMACin 2014 and full-scale development of the programme stared three years later by forming the joint venture CRAIC.
The CR929 aims to make its maiden flight from 2023.