Comac delays C919 program first flight to 2015

C919It was reported on August 5, 2013 that Comac will be delaying the flight flight of the C919 aircraft from 2014 to some point in 2015 adding an additional year to the program’s series of delays.

The new delays are blamed upon what are described as “certain procedures that aren’t linked to technical matters” by sources that were not named in news reports.

Comac indicated in 2012 that the program had 380 commitments with most being from Chinese airlines and lessors. GE aircraft leasing has also placed a commitment for aircraft as have Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.

Bombardier in 2012 indicated that it planned to help Comac obtain approval from regulators outside of China for the C919 program. It was also announced in 2012 that the C919 and Bombardier CSeries plane would share a common cockpit.