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China Calls On Germany in C919 EASA Certification Push

Jun 14,2017

Chinese premier Li Keqiang has called on Germany to help with China¡¯s push towards securing type certification for its in-development C919 narrow body from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

This was reported by state-owned media Xinhua, during Li¡¯s official visit to Berlin where he met with German chancellor Angela Merkel.

COMAC applied for type certification of the C919 with EASA last year via the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Last month, the manufacturer disclosed that EASA has started work on the C919 approval, having visited its Shanghai facility to examine the manufacturing process.

The C919 took its first flight on 5 May, more than seven years after the programme was first launched. COMAC has so far secured
commitments for 570 of the type, although largely from Chinese airlines and leasing companies.

The manufacturer¡¯s approach to EASA shows it ambition for the jet to not be constrained by China¡¯s borders.

It also confirms COMAC¡¯s break away from seeking the co-operation of the US Federal Aviation Administration, which has yet to certify the ARJ21 regional jet despite years spent shadowing the CAAC.

COMAC is targeting for the C919 to achieve certification and enter into service in 2020-2021.

Recently, COMAC also starts to pay their on aviation aftermarket service,
COMAC Shanghai Customer Service Center Co, Ltd will associate with China Eastern Airlines to host 2017 Civil Aircraft Operation Support Technology International Forum, which will focus on after market service of new aircraft in China such as B787-9, A320neo, C919, ARJ21. The topics will including after-sales service strategy, network maintenance and support system construction, service data accumulation and monitoring, supply chain management and supply chain Shared libraries.

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