Beijing, China - COMAC has begun the batch production for the first C919 jet that will be delivered to the launch customer.
On Sept.26, the production began at the same time with a special ceremony at the Xi'an, Shanghai, and Chengdu factories of the Chinese aircraft manufacturer.
The event marks a very important milestone in the development of China's first modern narrowbody jet.
The COMAC C919 began flight tests on May 5th, 2017. The manufacturer performs a certification campaign with four prototypes.
COMAC aims to obtain certification from the Chinese civil aviation regulator in 2021. The fourth prototype carried out its first flight last month. But the planes, in total, flew only several hours. The manufacturer had to push back its certification plan from 2020 to 2021.
COMAC has obtained some experience in the batch production and delivery of its 90-seat regional jet ARJ21-700.
The aircraft has so far accumulated 305 firm orders and 703 order commitments mainly from Chinese airline operators.
It is intended to compete with the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Russia's MC-21, which is also under development.