MOSCOW, RUSSIA — The Moscow Aviation Institute has completed the manufacturing of components for a prototype wing-box designed for the long-haul CRAIC CR929, a joint Russian-Chinese project aimed at developing a widebody twinjet. 

After two months of production, the components were shipped to the AeroKompozit facility in Ulyanovsk.

Sergei Epishev, the facility's director, stated that the customer must now test the products. Upon successful completion, the facility will begin serial production of parts for the long-range aircraft. The components will be used for a static assembly to be tested at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute.

The CR929 project has been a collaborative effort between the governments of Russia and China. The Moscow Aviation Institute has partnered with a Shanghai counterpart in this endeavor. Although mock-ups of the three-member CR929 family have been displayed, the program's timeframe remains uncertain. CRAIC was established as a joint venture in 2017, with deliveries initially anticipated for 2025 and beyond.

The base model, the CR929-600, is designed to accommodate between 281 and 405 passengers or up to 440 in a high-density layout. According to the Moscow Aviation Institute, Russian entities are responsible for the wing and avionics, while Chinese firms have been assigned the fuselage and fin sections. Although Rolls-Royce and General Electric were previously considered as engine suppliers, international sanctions on Russian aerospace make the Aviadvigatel PD-35 a more likely candidate.