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First China passenger aircraft C919 may make maiden flight soon

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

China’s first domestically produced large passenger aircraft, the C919, is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of this year.

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 2 November 2015.

The static test simulates flight pressures in the aircraft.

The C919, with more than 150 seats and a standard range of 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.

Source by: Internet

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