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Chinas C919 jet noses closer to European certification as regulators plan visit

Jun 28,2024

A delegation of technicians and officials from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will visit China next month to conduct field tests as a preliminary step towards the start of the European certification process for the COMAC C919 aircraft, a model with which the country aims to compete against the A320 and B737 families.

According to the South China Morning Post, citing sources close to the matter, the delegation will participate in simulation flights, meet with the COMAC design team, and with their counterparts from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

This will include a visit to the C919 assembly line and a detailed examination of the aircraft with the intention of performing the first certification flight in early 2025, although the date is not yet fully confirmed, the Chinese media reports, adding that in recent months several high-profile meetings have taken place between Chinese and European regulators.

The Chinese government hopes that European certification will open new markets for the C919, a model that has accumulated more than 1,000 orders, the vast majority from local airlines.

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