Detail design of the Comac C919 narrowbody airliner is going ahead without immediate participation by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), which is declining to become involved until its certification processes win endorsement from the FAA, possibly late this year. If the CAAC takes a tough attitude, it could insist that Comac slow down detail design, pending ARJ21 certification, says Chaker Chahrour, VP of engine supplier CFM. “It is the single biggest risk in the ...

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