Comac's C919 narrowbody programme has entered into the engineering development phase, as detailed design work continues.
The Chinese airframer says the focus of its work has transferred from engineering design into development, including component and system integration, flight test and certification. Critical design review of the aircraft system is also ongoing.
"Advanced tooling like digital assembly carried out for the purpose of manufacturing, first flight and delivery have entered into design and manufacturing phases," adds Comac.
Speaking to Flightglobal Pro during the Paris air show, its chief financial officer Tian Min says the airframer is likely to receive more orders for the C919 before the year ends. To date, Comac has garnered 380 commitments for its C919, which is scheduled to take its first flight in 2014, with deliveries to begin in 2016.
On its ARJ21 regional jet, a programme which started some 11 years ago, Tian says the aircraft is still working towards certification and the target is to get it certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China by 2014, and to deliver the jet to launch customer Chengdu Airlines "within the next two years".
Comac's four ARJ21 flight test aircraft have completed over 1,700 flights totalling more than 3,400 flight hours. The airframer has commitments for 252 ARJ21-700s, mostly from Chinese airlines and leasing companies.
The ARJ21 and the C919 are China's first major commercial aircraft programmes aimed at developing products that can compete in the international market.