China’s C919 passenger jet successfully completes maiden flight
China’s C919, the country’s first domestically built large passenger jet, took to the skies on Friday.
The flight makes China the fourth jumbo jet producer after the United States, Europe and Russia. It also marks a milestone for the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), the Shanghai-based manufacturer of the C919.
The twin-engine plane took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport with five crew members on board, but no passengers.
The “C” in the aircraft’s name stands for both China and COMAC, while 9 symbolizes “forever” in Chinese culture, and 19 represents the 190 seats at maximum capacity.
With a standard range of 4,075 kilometers, the narrow-body jet is comparable with the updated Airbus 320 and Boeing’s new generation 737, signaling the country’s entry into the global aviation market.
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