China’s C919 pas­sen­ger jet com­pletes long test

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION -

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.

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