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China's C919, challenger to Boeing 737, aims for 2022 deliveries

New technologies complicate first-ever certification; U.S. restrictions add uncertainty

Under development since 2008, COMAC's C919 targets the same market as the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737.    © AP

Deliveries of China's homegrown C919 narrow-body passenger jet are expected this year after several delays, despite a tight schedule for regulatory certifications and uncertainties related to U.S. trade bans.

He Dongfeng, chairman of C919 developer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), laid out the 2022 delivery schedule for the plane Monday in an internal meeting, according to minutes published by the state-owned aircraft maker.

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