When China announced plans to develop a second airliner to boost the country’s economic competitiveness, it was widely believed that these efforts would crack the long-standing duopoly that Airbus and Boeing have maintained in the narrowbody commercial jet market.
More than a decade later, the C919 program continues to be hampered by weak oversight and manufacturing delays, sparking concerns about its ability to gain certification in Western markets.
According to a source working closely with Comac who spoke with AIN on condition of anonymity, one of the long-standing impediments constraining progress is the integration of avionics components and its subsystems in the flight deck. This challenge reflects a larger concern about the company’s ability to achieve effective coordination across component teams.
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