China's Homegrown Airliner C919 to Make Its Maiden Flight This Year
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China's Homegrown Airliner C919 to Make Its Maiden Flight This Year

As a short and medium-range commercial airliner developed by and made in China, C919 has a standard flying distance of 4,075 kilometers and a maximum range of 5,555 kilometers. The basic all-economy class version has one aisle and 168 seats. China owns the proprietary intellectual rights for the Comac C919. Its performance is set to be similar to that of the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320.

China Eastern Airlines Corp. [NYSE:CEA] signed a cooperation framework agreement with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. at the Zhuhai Air Show 2016, becoming the world's first C919 operator. A total of 570 C919 planes have been ordered so far.

The 'C' in the aircraft's name stands for China, and is also the first letter of COMAC. The first '9' implies everlasting success (the number nine is associated with the idea of 'everlasting' in the Chinese culture), and '19' refers to the airliner's maximum passenger capacity, 190.

The C919 awaits its maiden flight.

A static load test is performed on C919.

The C919 takes a low-speed taxi test at Shanghai's Pudong Airport.

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