C919 to make maiden flight in first half
China’s first domestically produced large passenger aircraft — the C919 — is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of this year, according to a report.
Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, the Shanghai-based developer of the aircraft, has almost completed the onboard systems installation as well as major static and system integration tests, since it was built on Nov 2, 2015, the People's Daily reported.
The static test simulates flight pressures in the aircraft.
The C919, with more than 150 seats and a standard range of 2,252 miles (4,075 kilometers), is expected to compete with the updated Airbus 320 and Boeing Co’s new-generation 737, which currently dominate the market.
By the end of 2016, a total of 21 customers had placed orders for more than 500 C919 aircraft, and COMAC expects to sell at least 2,000.
This artistitic rendering shows two vertical forest buildings that Italian architect Stefano Boeri will build in Nanjing of East China’s Jiangsu province, which could possibly improve the city’s air quality. The towers will be stylized with around 1,100 trees and a combination of more 2,500 shrubs and plants, which will make oxygen every day by absorbing carbon dioxide. Two vertical forest buildings designed by Boeri have been built in Milan, Italy, and Lausanne, Switzerland.