China’s C919 Jet Completes First Commercial Flight
China Eastern Airlines completed the commercial flight for China’s home-grown narrow-body C919 jet. The airline ordered five of the jets in March 2021. It took delivery of the first in December and has said it expects to receive the remainder this year.
The C919 is the product of state-backed Commercial Aviation Corp of China (COMAC) which began developing the jet 15 years ago to rival Airbus SE’s A320neo and Boeing Co’s 737 MAX single-aisle jets.
The C919 took off at 10:32 a.m. (0232 GMT) from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport where COMAC and China Eastern Airlines are headquartered, and landed two hours later at Beijing Capital Airport.
The C919 made its first flight in 2017 after years of delays and has undergone numerous test flights since.
In total, COMAC had 1,035 orders from 32 customers of last year and that figure now probably exceeds 1,200. The planemaker expects annual production to reach 150 within five years.
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