- On 26 September 2016, pictures of the Type 001A carrier under construction were leaked on the web.
- Chinese aircraft carrier CV-17 is under construction to a modified design, known as "'Type 001A " '.
- Reports state that up to two 60, 000 ton Type 001A aircraft carriers based on " Varyag " are due to be started by 2015.
- In December 2013, China's Central Military Commission told Duowei News it planned to commission two " Liaoning "-pattern aircraft carriers by 2020, designated as Type 001A . Contracts have been awarded to China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation to build the two carriers.