BEIJING (AP) — China's commercial jet maker has again pushed back the delivery date of the country's first modern airliner.
The plane was expected late this year but Comac now says it will be ready in mid-2014. The jet was originally promised for 2007.
Wednesday's announcement by Comac Chairman Jin Zhuanglong is the latest hiccup in China's long quest to mount a serious challenge to market leaders Boeing and Airbus.
Jin says the latest delay for the ARJ21 was due to China's inexperience in designing, building and certifying planes. But he says the program is still on track, and that four prototypes have made 2,000 flights.
Delays in the ARJ21 could have knock-on effects for the development of the even more ambitious C919, intended to compete with Boeing's 737 and the Airbus A320.
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