The Sino-Russian CRAIC CR929 widebody project has taken another step toward engine selection.

A source tells FlightGlobal that CRAIC has issued a ‘Request for Clarification’ to four parties: Rolls-Royce, General Electric, as well as United Engine Corporation and AECC.

The source adds that the RFC will close by the first quarter of 2019. The RFC seeks technical clarifications and has questions about after sales support.

In May the joint venture received bids from seven domestic and foreign engine suppliers.

CRAIC has previously indicated that the CR929 will likely be powered initially by a Western engine, with an indigenous option offered at a later date.

Source: Cirium Dashboard