Comac and Bombardier discuss next phase of collaboration

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Senior executives from Bombardier and Comac have met to evaluate the progress of their collaboration on the CSeries and C919 and to discuss the next phase of their joint efforts.

The meeting reviewed and summarised the progress of the second phase of the airframers' collaboration in areas such as supply chain services, flight training, flight-test support and sales and marketing, says Comac. Both parties also discussed the next phase of their collaboration on exploring commonalities between the C919 and CSeries.

C919's chief designer Wu Guanghui says much have been achieved in the year of working with Bombardier and Comac hopes to deepen the partnership to bring mutual benefits. He did not, however, specify the commonalities that have been achieved on the aircraft programmes.

Bombardier and Comac first started working together in March 2012 to pursue commonality between the C919 and CSeries family in supply chain services, electrical systems, human interface and cockpit. The Canadian airframer is also acting as an advisor to Comac on the ARJ21 regional jet programme.

The two airframers signed a definitive agreement detailing the second phase of their collaboration at the Paris air show in June. As part of this development, Comac will be involved in the "non-flying tasks" related to the CSeries flight-test activities, a move that is expected to help the inexperienced Chinese airframer with its C919 certification process. The two parties will also work together in sales and marketing and be able to jointly pitch the aircraft to customers.

However, both Comac and Bombardier have released little information on the commonalities that have been achieved on the aircraft types thus far.