ITPS is providing logistics as well as a test pilot and meteorologists services in support of the trial after winning a tender. ITPS has previously provided support and test pilot training to the C919 project.
One of the six prototype C919s Comac has will be used for the certification flights out of London Airport. The test campaign is scheduled to be conducete dduring March 2021 but may be delayed to the fall of 2021 depending on Covid-19 and other factors, said ITPS.
The C919 is China’s first aircraft to compete directly with Boeing and Airbus. It can carry up to 168 passengers and has a range of up to 5,555km (3000 nautical miles).
At the end of November, Comac said that the design for the C919 had been frozen and that the aircraft’s development program was entering the certification phase. Development of the C919 started in 2008.