China and Russia spending $20 billion to compete with Boeing 787 by mid-2020s

China and Russia had a life-size model of a proposed wide-body long-haul jet at the opening of China’s largest airshow.

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) showed off the model of the CR929’s cockpit and passenger cabin.

It was 22 meters long, 6.5 meters tall and 5.9 meters wide, showed a roomy interior with 9-abreast basic seating in economy class.

The mockup instruments appear to be similar to Airbus controls.

The fuselage is being designed and built by China. The wings would be designed by Russia. They want a single-aisle plane to eventually compete with the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787.

A senior COMAC executive said in June that the CR929 aims to make its maiden flight from 2023. Previously the first flight was for mid-2021.

They plan long-range 250-to-320-seat wide-body twinjet airliners.

A competitive widebody will initially need Western powerplants and onboard systems. The engine is likely to be supplied by Rolls-Royce or General Electric.

A new russian engine Aviadvigatel PD-35 for the twinjet is expected around 2025.