COMAC regional jet development delayed
COMAC ARJ21 test flights continue
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) has fallen behind schedule in the development of it first commercial aircraft. Key milestones in the testing of the ARJ21 have not yet been completed which is likely to delay type certification and delivery. The regional jet has so far failed to satisfy icing tests and stall speed testing has not yet begun. COMAC was aiming to have type certification sealed before January, however, sources told Flight Global that a probable certification date is now uncertain.
The twin-engine ARJ21 regional airliner is COMAC’s first commercial airliner and is supported by 19 major European and US aerospace components suppliers, including General Electric. COMAC had pinned its first delivery to Chengdu Airlines by the end of the year, but despite reported delays, the airline understands this date is unchanged.