COMAC announced at Asian Aerospace that it has completed the preliminary design phase of the C919 large commercial airliner and is now entering into the final design definition phase.
The C919 programme remains precisely on track for entry into commercial service in 2016, says Comac. The company said at the show that it expects 50-to-100 orders this year.
At the Zhuhai Airshow in November 2010, COMAC announced orders for 100 C919 airliners aircraft from all three major carriers in China. In December 2010, the Civil Aviation Administration of China officially accepted the application for the C919 type certificate.
Comac says that in 2011, the C919 project will enter the final design definition phase, which will then lay the foundation in 2012 to proceed with airworthiness certification and validation; manufacture of the first prototype; testing, final assembly and flight test. Detailed design will be completed by 2012 to support the first flight in 2014. Type Certification will be accomplished by 2016 followed shortly afterwards by delivery to the first customer.
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