China completes test flight of first home-made C919 aircraft

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China completes test flight of first home-made C919 aircraft

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China COMAC completed the first test flight of the first home-made C 919 aircraft to be delivered on Saturday morning. The plane landed at 9: 54 am at Shanghai International Pudong Airport and flew to the airport at 6: 52 am. COMAC said the test completed the scheduled tasks and the aircraft performed well and was in good condition, according to its official website. The plane will be delivered to China Eastern Airlines. The preparations for the test flight and delivery of the C 919 large aircraft are moving in an orderly manner, the company said. A COMAC vice general manager, Wu Yongliang, said earlier this year that the plane will be delivered to the customer in 2022. The C 919, China's first self-developed trunk jetliner, has 158 168 seats and a range of 4,075 -- 5,555 km. In 2017 the plane conducted its maiden flight. From 2019, six C 919 aircraft projects conducted their test flights. In December 2020, the aircraft entered the airworthiness certification process of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. In March of 2021, COMAC signed a five-year purchase contract with China Eastern Airlines for five planes, marking the official entry into market operation for the plane. The airline company said that the new planes will be used on routes from Shanghai to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu. COMAC received 815 orders for the C 919 from 28 customers worldwide.