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China's home-grown C919 jet nears certification as test planes complete tasks

Published 07/23/2022, 08:33 AM
Updated 07/23/2022, 09:55 PM
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The fifth prototype of China's home-built C919 passenger plane takes off for its first test flight from Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China October 24, 2019. Picture taken October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's homegrown C919 narrow-body jet, designed to challenge the Airbus-Boeing duopoly, is nearing certification as its test planes completed all of the test flight tasks, the company said on Saturday.

The state-owned manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) said on its official social media account that the six test planes have finished the testing tasks as the programme enters the final stage of receiving a certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China which is required for commercial operations.

That would mark a milestone in China's ambitions to climb up the manufacturing supply chain.

Designed to compete directly with the Boeing (NYSE:BA) 737 MAX and Airbus 320neo families, the C919 aircraft programme has faced a range of technical issues and tougher U.S. export controls, after being launched in 2008, Reuters has reported.

The launch customer is the state-owned China Eastern Airlines (NYSE:CEA), which has placed an order for five C919 jets in March last year. Changjiang Daily, a newspaper owned by the local government of Wuhan, said in a report on July 8 the airline is scheduled to take the first delivery in August.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The fifth prototype of China's home-built C919 passenger plane takes off for its first test flight from Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China October 24, 2019. Picture taken October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Assembled in China, the plane relies heavily on Western components, including engines and avionics.

(This story corrects to remove incorrect reference in paragraph 3 to Boeing taking over Embraer)

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Competition and variety is good but not from Russia or China. Brazil (Embraer), Japan and Korea are much better options for breaking the B-A US-EU duopoly. Stick British Roll Royce and US GE engines in with Hyundai (Korean) or Japan's Mitsu or Honda parts. Canada has Bombardier. Italy has options too, Piaggio is awesome, scale that up. Germans would be able to build a jet from scratch easily.
Comperi4and varieties good but not from Russia or China. Brazil, Japan and Korea are much better options for breaking the B-A US-EU duopoly. Stick British Roll Royce and US GE engines in with Hyundai (Korean) or Japan's Mitsu or Honda parts.
More pollution. Wonderfull...
Couldn't pay me to fly it, despite nearly half being western tech, I just don't trust their CCP bribery building them safely
You don’t even have a ch
Good for them I'm happy for them.
China is leading in most of recent technology. It's normal if they will lead also in aviation
Really? Did you read the article? All parts are Western-made and technology.Without it is just a giant box.
I'll pass. Another example of stolen tech. You're welcome to try, but I won't be buying a seat on that stuff.
Thats what they said of Japanese in the 1960s. We are all aware of how embarrassing it all turned out.
 huh?
Technology, like science is knowledge and knpwmedge spreads. Did I steal Newton's equation?
The max is doomed. Nobody wants to fly it
Try fixing the bot problem
Nobody wants risk their life by flying in them
They copied technology, they stole technology, now finally put the plane together.
I will repeat myself for you to understand. Technology, like science is knowledge. Knowledge spreads. Did I steal Newton's equation?
Another good example of blinkly believing in western media. China has been restricted & supressed all around by western countries non-stoppably. Open ur eyes widely & research wisely, nowadays who is in the lead of infrastructure tech, 5G, space development even military. Pls get yourself clear the difference between copying & qouting. How I wish those countries which claim their technology being stolen or copied could steal & copy back from China & make themselves noble again..
Another good example of blinkly believing in western media. China has been restricted & supressed all around by western countries non-stoppably. Open ur eyes widely & research wisely, nowadays who is in the lead of infrastructure tech, 5G, space development even military. Pls get yourself clear the difference between copying & qouting. How I wish those countries which claim their technology being stolen or copied could steal & copy back from China & make themselves noble again..
I am a cheap mooch but even I would never fly in a Chinese airplane.  They can make a lot of little non mechanical stuff good but the big mechanical stuff, especially tractors is JUNK.
What. As opposed to the max? Boeing sold it's soul to the devil in pursuit of corporate buybacks and anything goes. They eviscerated an amazing American company.
Go fly on a 737 then. Good luck.
 lol...
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