COMAC has received the type inspection authorization for its C919 aircraft, enabling final flight testing and certification. Typically, issuance of a TIA means that the program is nearing completion, the design is finalized and verified, and issuance of a type certificate and entry into service are about a year away.
The company currently has six test aircraft in its fleet, spread around China to accomplish the required certification testing in different environments prior to certification.
China Eastern Airlines subsidiary OTT is the launch customer for the C919, and the Shanghai-based carrier should receive its first aircraft in late 2021. Currently there are 305 firm orders for the C919 from Chinese carriers and leasing companies.