A version of this article appears in the July 14 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Before the end of this year, if the latest timetable holds, the first Comac C919 will begin coming together in Shanghai. The program has been repeatedly delayed but, in a sense, it is behind schedule on schedule—that is, when it was launched in 2008, industry executives widely expected the aircraft to be delivered not in 2016, as then promised, but in 2018, which a few weeks ago finally ...

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