Business Aircraft of China (COMAC) aims to acquire Chinese certification for its C919 jetliner in 2021, the company stated, pointing a delay from an earlier timetable for the jet which intends to compete with Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
State-controlled China News Service first reported on Wednesday the latest certification target for the homegrown aircraft, citing a speech made by the designer Wu Guanghui for the C919 program at a recent trade event.
A COMAC spokesperson confirmed the; however, mentioned the date was subject to regulative approval, and the aircraft’s safety remains top precedence.
In June 2018, the corporate mentioned it was aiming to obtain the certification by the end of 2020. Analysts had called the target ambitious given the test jets have flown relatively few hours since the first C919 flew in 2017.
The deputy chief of the Civil Aviation Administration of China Li Jian said in May that more flaws in the plane design, manufacturing, airworthiness adaptability, and operational suitability were being recognized, as work proceeded for certification of the aircraft.
Last week, the fourth model of the C919 aircraft finished its first test flight.
COMAC is planning to start two more test planes in the second half the year to accelerate flight testing.
The C919 has dozens of mostly Chinese prospects that have placed orders and consignments for more than 800 jets.