General Electric has delivered the first two CF34-10A production engines for Comac's twin-engined ARJ21 regional jet programme.

The delivery took place in October, says GE Aviation's marketing general manager for commercial aircraft programmes in China, Terry Sharp. This puts the delivery slightly ahead of schedule, as GE Aviation had in September suggested that delivery could take place in November or December.

GE's CF34-10A powerplant received FAR 33 certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration in late July. The engine is a derivative of the CF34-10E, which is used on Embraer 190 regional jets.

First delivery of the ARJ21 is expected to take place in the third quarter of 2011 at the earliest, after delays caused by design issues. Comac was initially expected to deliver the first aircraft to launch operator Chengdu Airlines in early 2011.

Source: Flight International