2019 Outlook: COMAC’s slow but steady progress

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Introduction
Jan. 4, 2019, © Leeham News: This is not the year where China’s COMAC will have break-out progress for the C919, its challenge to the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. Flight testing is slow and entry into service (EIS) is now targeted for 2021—a slip of five years from the original schedule. The C919 launch-to-EIS is approaching the eight years record of the ARJ21. But these delays don’t mean COMAC isn’t making progress.
Summary
  • Boeing’s JV with COMAC for a 737 completion center opened last month.
  • Despite delays, the C919 progresses.
  • Progress continues on the JV with Russia for the CR929.

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