Definitions of what is a jumbo jet differ and there is no official figure; not even widespread agreement. Shanghai-based COMAC, established in May 2008 with $2.9 billion investment, refers to its C919 as a jumbo jet even though it only accomodates 150 passengers. That is not the most widely accepted of definitions.
Now work on the C919 is moving into full gear and wind tunnel experiments with applied loads, draft design of the aircraft’s cockpit model have started as well as the signing of a series of memorandums of understanding with systems suppliers.
Shanghai-based COMAC aims to take on Boeing and Airbus in China’s aviation market.
China Daily reports the 150-seat jumbo jet is expected to take off in 2014 and enter service in 2016.