China Eastern Gets World’s First C919 Aircraft
Today, the world’s first C919 aircraft, with registration number of B-919A, was delivered to China Eastern Airlines (CEA).
The C919 is China’s first homegrown large passenger aircraft in accordance with international airworthiness standards, manufactured by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). It is a new competitor for two of the most popular passenger models, Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.
The delivery comes just over a week after the Civil Aviation Administration of China approved the aircraft for mass production. A pattern of a Chinese seal reading “world’s first C919″ in Chinese is printed in the front part of the plane delivered.
The C919 is a a narrow-body aircraft that features advanced aerodynamic design, propulsion system and materials, as well as lower carbon emission and higher fuel efficiency.
The aircraft adopts a 164-seat configuration that comes with a two-class cabin layout, including 8 business class seats and 156 economy class ones. In the economy cabin, the middle seat in each three-seat row is 0.59 inches wider than its neighboring ones, which offers just a bit more comfort.
With an aisle height of 7 feet and 4.5 inches, the plane comes with an efficient air filtration system, a passenger-centric lighting system and low noise. The are also twenty 12” drop-down screens that can play 1080P videos.
After arriving at the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and passing through a water gate, the aircraft was officially commissioned into the fleet of CEA. It is expected to be put into commercial use in the spring of 2023.
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Well, I for one, will be researching out my flights a little more in the future to stay on Airbus and Boeing made aircraft. I will want to see years worth of flying out of China produced products before I venture forward. Just my thoughts and not China bashing, just being practical.
First plane delivered but will not be flying commercially until Spring of 2023. Somehow that does not leave me convinced all is ready to go!