C919 passenger aircraft ready this year
China’s C919 large passenger aircraft will roll off assembly lines this year, the manufacturer announced.
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China has completed basic assembly of the aircraft, the company said. The C919’s first test flight is planned for this year.
Earlier this month, the C919’s vertical fin and the back end of the rear fuselage were delivered to the state-owned aircraft maker from domestic manufacturers.
The company has secured orders for 450 C919 planes from 18 customers.
The C919 will compete with Boeing and Airbus in the medium-range aircraft sector.
China will become the world’s largest domestic aviation market in the next decade, an Airbus forecast said. (Photo 2)