AVIC reveals more details on alternative C919 engine

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China's AVIC Commercial Aircraft Engine has revealed more details of the CJ-1000A, the alternative powerplant for the Comac C919 narrowbody to be produced in partnership with German firm MTU.

The engine will produce thrust of up to 44,000lb (196kN), and be capable of powering large aircraft such as the C919, said Comac.

AVIC provided few details about the timeframe for the engine's development, but plans to have all its key functions ready by 2016. It is targeting entry into service for 2020.

The CJ-1000A's generous production timeframe is likely due to the nascent state of China's jet engine design and production capabilities.

High profile aircraft such as the C919 and ARJ21 rely on foreign engines.

The C919, which is expected to have its first flight in 2014, will initially be powered by the CFM International Leap-1XC, and the ARJ21 by the General Electric CF34.

Aside from being an alterative engine for the C919, AVIC hopes to market the CJ-1000A for use on jets in overseas markets.