Do­mes­tic jet due for 2015 maiden flight

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO LEI in Be­jing zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The CO­MAC C919, China’s home­grown pas­sen­ger jet, will make its maiden test flight be­fore the end of the year, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior of­fi­cial, who said as­sem­bly of the first pro­to­type is pro­gress­ing well.

The fuse­lage and ma­jor parts of the C919 have been as­sem­bled, Li Ji­ax­i­ang, direc­tor of the Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China, said on the side­lines of the an­nual meet­ings of China’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vis­ers and law­mak­ers.

The nar­row-body air­liner is be­ing man­u­fac­tured in Shang­hai by the Com­mer­cial Air­craft Corp of China, also known as CO­MAC.

In­stal­la­tion of equip­ment is sched­uled to be com­pleted later this year, Li said, adding that au­thor­i­ties will work with the man­u­fac­turer to en­sure the plane makes its maiden flight by year-end.

“The ad­min­is­tra­tion will place ev­ery pro­duc­tion process and each com­po­nent un­der the strictest scru­tiny to en­sure the air­craft is safe and re­li­able,” Li said.

Started in 2008, the plane is China’s at­tempt to break the Air­bus and Boe­ing du­op­oly of ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers, and is poised to com­pete with the Air­bus 320, Boe­ing 737 and Irkut MS-21. It will carry up to 168 pas­sen­gers and have a max­i­mum flight range of about 5,500 km.

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A model of the C919

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