China’s C919 passenger jet completes long test
C919, China’s domestically produced large passenger jet, started its first long-distance test flight on Friday morning.
With five crew members on board, the plane took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 11:38 am and flew to Yanliang Testing Base in Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.
The aircraft flew at a height of 7,800 meters during the journey of more than 1,300 kilometers, according to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), the jet’s Shanghai-based manufacturer.
The C919 will remain at Yanliang and undergo further tests to acquire its airworthiness certificates, according to the COMAC.
The jet made its maiden flight in May and has now completed six test flights. COMAC plans to produce six test aircraft, with the second expected to make its maiden flight at the end of the year.
With a standard range of 4,075 kilometers, the C919 is comparable to the updated Airbus 320 and Boeing’s new generation 737.