COMAC has attracted more than 700 orders for its C919, mainly from Chinese customers. Compliance with BASA is therefore of paramount importance to COMAC in order to increase its sales abroad and should help shorten the C919 verification procedure for obtaining airworthiness certificates. Already in 2017, the CAAC and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have signed a BASA that recognizes each other`s airworthiness control systems for aeronautical products and products. COMAC then described the agreement as a major step forward (source: ECNS). With the signing of BASA between the EU and China, China`s aviation safety standards appear to be widely accepted in the global civil aviation landscape. This allows COMAC to compete with Boeing and Airbus for a share of global jet sales, which are expected to reach $2 trillion over the next two decades (source: Reuters). In addition, the agreement will prevent civil aviation authorities from carrying out double assessments and unnecessary certification activities for aviation products, which will result in lower costs in the aviation sector (source: European Commission). According to BASA, it will be easier for manufacturers and suppliers of ETSO (European Technical Standard Order) items to obtain CTSOA (Chinese Technical Standard Orders Authorization) certificates issued by CAAC and vice versa. The ETSO published by EASA is a minimum standard for certain components, equipment and materials used in civilian aircraft. The parts of the ETSO therefore have their own official approval (source: AERO Impulse).
On 23 August 2013, a letter of commitment (LoI) was signed with China, which offers a broad platform for cooperation in all areas of civil aviation. Subsequently, a budget of EUR 10 million (for the period 2015-2020), financed by the EU, was created to strengthen this cooperation. As part of this project, the European and Chinese aviation authorities are jointly carrying out activities in close cooperation with their industries. During the meeting, ESA and CAAC adopted the Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) that will support the agreement, particularly with regard to airworthiness. These administrative and technical procedures describe how the two civil aviation regulators will conduct the validation and mutual recognition of civil aviation products. In more than 20 years of cooperation in civil aviation, the EU and China reached a first agreement in this area when BASA was signed in May 2019. The agreement has been the result of numerous rounds of negotiations between the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EEAS) since August 2013 and is part of joint efforts by China and the EU to improve the implementation of civil aviation safety standards (source: Xinhua News).