Eyebrows rose. Quite a few eyeballs rolled. Comac’s statement this year that the Craic CR929 development schedule had been compressed 20% was not easily received in the industry. Perhaps aiming to deliver in 2025, as Comac suggests, is a little too hopeful, says the Chinese company’s Russian partner in the Craic consortium, United Aircraft Corp. (UAC). But the objective of a first flight of the new widebody in 2023 should be regarded as firm, adds UAC President Yuri ...

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