The in-development CR929, jointly developed by China and Russia, is reportedly still on track to take off in 2025, as both countries look to begin construction of the first test aircraft next year.
According to a commentary published on Chinese news site Sina, China’s Comac and Russia’s United Aircraft “have reached an agreement” on design details of the widebody, and that the project “is still in progress”.
The article, dated 2 September, also lists research and development and other “after-sales” investments to amount to around $20 billion.
According to the article, the CR929’s first flight is slated for 2025 at the earliest, with “mass production” of the jet three years later. It also discloses a target of 100 aircraft delivered by 2045.
There have been no launch customers for the aircraft — seen mainly as China’s way of breaking the widebody duopoly held by Boeing and Airbus — though Comac told FlightGlobal in 2019 that discussions with existing customers were ongoing.