C919 to make maiden flight in first half

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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.

DE­SIGNER STE­FANO BOERI ARCHITETTI PHOTO FROM THE OF­FI­CIAL WEB­SITE OF

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.

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