Monday, 19 February, 2018

Chinese-Made Passenger Jet Takes Off For Its First Test Flight

Orlando Vargas | 06 May, 2017, 08:18

With the flight, the official Xinhua News Agency said China had become "one of the world's top makers of jumbo aircraft", becoming the fourth large jet producer after the U.S., Europe and Russian Federation.

Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd announced on Thursday that a second homegrown large aircraft will roll off its assembly line this year, but the commercialization of the C919 will take two to three years.

Currently, Chinese airlines seem to be more keen to spend money on wide-body aircraft to enhance their global routes with rising enthusiasm for overseas travel. The country's state-owned airlines first signed up to buy the jet in 2010, and it was originally supposed to enter service in 2016.

It is a great achievement made under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, said the letter.

Certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency looms after a panel discussion with their Chinese counterparts in late April. Boeing, which is reportedly planning to build a facility in China, reportedly congratulated Comac on the plane's development. Guests who witnessed Friday's test flight included vice premier Ma Kai and Han Zheng, Communist Party secretary from Shanghai.

The narrow-body jet, will take on Boeing's 737 and the Airbus A320.

The C919 designation was chosen partly to reflect the idea of long life in Chinese numerology. The plane also included parts like the engines, its cockpit and its belly made by Western industrial giants like General Electric and Honeywell. China's first large homemade passenger jetliner is due to make its maiden flight from Shanghai later Friday.

Over the next two decades, about 75% of the jets ferrying those passengers will be single-aisle - a category dominated by Boeing's 737 and Airbus's A320 family.

Still, China is looking up.

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April 2009: COMAC finishes the C919's initial design and says it aims to send the jet on its maiden flight in 2014, according to the state-owned Beijing News.

Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, the state-owned company behind the plane, said 21 customers had placed orders for more than 500 planes by the end of 2016, and it expected sales to exceed 2,000, state media said.

Even more impressive is how quickly the market is growing.

Suppose domestic jets can win 50 percent of the China market, that would represent a huge potential for the country's aircraft industry.

"At the moment, they are in a real replication mode, which is not where you want to be", he said.

The C919 is a single-aisle twin-engine plane with a capacity to seat up to 168 passengers.

Despite the successful test flight, it may still take time for the C919 to take off in the market.

The C919 will operate in China for several years before seeking certificates from the FAA and EASA, aviation industry officials said.

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