China’s first passenger plane may debut this year
China’s first domestically produced large passenger aircraft, the C919, is to make its maiden flight in the second half of this year, according to the Chinese Flight Test Establishment.
However the Commercial Aircraft Cooperation of China, the maker of the C919, told the media later that the jet is still being tested, and its maiden flight could be postponed until next year.
The C919 is expected to strengthen China’s capacity in high-end equipment manufacturing.
Twenty- one foreign and domestic customers have already placed 517 orders for the jet.