Home-made large aircraft C919 is now already in the planning stage for airworthiness certification, which starts with organizing suppliers' airworthiness management, disclosed by Qian Zhongyan, deputy chief designer of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China., Ltd. (COMAC), in a media forum. The airworthiness certificate for C919 will be ratified in accordance with CAAC's standards of 150-seat large passenger jet which is capable of ditching.
COMAC said the large aircraft C919 project has achieved a technological breakthrough, tackling 24 kinds of technical problems and 82 kinds of data, and has completed the detailed design and assembly design. The manufacture of the first batch of airframe has started continuously in
Wu Guanghui, chief designer of C919 airliner, stated previously that the project will proceed as three steps. The first step is to manufacture 150-seat single-aisle airplane named as C919. The next step is to develop 200-seat two-aisle airplane and then finally to develop larger, faster and more comfortable airplane based on the market demand and research ability.