Jet: Test flight due this year

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Ac­cord­ing to CO­MAC’s orig­i­nal sched­ule, the plane should have made its maiden flight last year, but this had to be post­poned be­cause of a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence among Chi­nese en­gi­neers and be­cause of tech­ni­cal ob­sta­cles, ac­cord­ing to project man­agers.

In May, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said China must have its own large pas­sen­ger jet no mat­ter how dif­fi­cult the process.

CO­MAC said that if the test flights are sat­is­fac­tory, the first planes will be de­liv­ered to cus­tomers in 2017. The com­pany has se­cured 450 or­ders from 18 cus­tomers.

Tian Min, a CO­MAC ex­ec­u­tive, said many new ma­te­ri­als and man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques have been used on the C919. How­ever, they make the project more com­plex and riskier, and it will also take longer to test their re­li­a­bil­ity.

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