Shanghai, China: The new Chinese passenger aircraft—C919—manufactured by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), a state-owned aerospace manufacturer, has successfully completed its first long-haul test flight.
The aircraft took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport and flew about 1,300 km to Yanliang Testing Base in Xi’an, in the northwest province of Shaanxi, China, for further testing.
The C919 is the first passenger plane made in China and aims to compete with the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737. The aircraft can sit between 158 and 168 passengers and cover a range of 4,075 to 5,555 km.
Strongly backed by China’s government, COMAC has announced that it has signed commitments for a total of 130 C919 aircraft for four different Chinese leasing companies, which places the total orders for the aircraft at 730 planes from 27 customers.
Currently, the aircraft is still awaiting certification by both the Chinese and the European aviation safety regulators.