CHINA COMAC pushes back C919 jet's certification target to 2021
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August 7, 2019 - by Stella Qiu and Brenda Goh; Additional reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman for reuters.com
Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) aims to obtain Chinese certification for its C919 jet in 2021, the company said, marking a delay from a previous timetable for the jet which aims to challenge Airbus SE (AIR.PA) and Boeing (BA.N) planes.
State-owned China News Service first reported on Wednesday the latest certification target for the homegrown plane, citing a speech made by the chief designer Wu Guanghui for the C919 program at a recent industry event.
A COMAC spokesman confirmed the report to Reuters, but said the date was subject to regulatory approval and the aircraft's safety remains a top priority.
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