Chinese and Russian manufacturers will jointly design an engine for the CR929 widebody aircraft being developed by the Chinese-Russian commercial aircraft consortium (CRAIC).

Aero Engine Corp. of China (AECC) and Russia’s United Engine Corp. (UEC) have agreed to form a joint venture to develop the new engine, United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) president Yuri Slyusar said during the Zhuhai Air Show in China.

CRAIC is a partnership of Russia’s UAC and the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC).

Earlier, AECC and UEC had separate plans to develop proposed engines for the aircraft.

Initially, the aircraft is likely to be powered by engines from either General Electric or Rolls-Royce, which are expected to offer upgraded versions of engines already in production, according to UAC.

First flight of the CR929 is scheduled 2023, with deliveries to begin two years later.

Bradley Perrett,