China’s C919 in maiden flight

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

The C919, China’s first do­mes­ti­cally de­signed and built regional air­liner, made its maiden flight on 5 May and landed one hour and 20 min­utes later. With the flight, China joins the ranks of the few na­tions that have de­vel­oped home­grown large air­lin­ers: the US, Rus­sia, Brazil, Canada, UK, France and Ger­many. De­vel­oped and man­u­fac­tured by the Com­mer­cial Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion of China (COMAC), the 168-seat C919 is ap­prox­i­mately the same size as Airbus’s A320 and Boe­ing’s 737-800. While the Chi­nese will en­deavor to mar­ket the type to in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tors, the C919’s main cus­tomers will log­i­cally be China’s do­mes­tic air­lines.

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