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

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© 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
 
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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.

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)

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

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Son Yay
Son Yay Jul 25, 2022 9:55AM ET
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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.
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Son Yay Jul 25, 2022 9:52AM ET
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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.
The Note
TheNote Jul 25, 2022 1:09AM ET
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More pollution. Wonderfull...
Son Yay
Son Yay Jul 24, 2022 9:10AM ET
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Couldn't pay me to fly it, despite nearly half being western tech, I just don't trust their CCP bribery building them safely
Silas Lin
Silas Lin Jul 24, 2022 9:10AM ET
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You don’t even have a ch
Benoit Avril
Benoit Avril Jul 24, 2022 7:15AM ET
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Good for them I'm happy for them.
Rudiyono Bin Praptorejo
Rudiyono Bin Praptorejo Jul 24, 2022 6:17AM ET
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China is leading in most of recent technology. It's normal if they will lead also in aviation
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jul 24, 2022 6:17AM ET
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Really? Did you read the article? All parts are Western-made and technology.Without it is just a giant box.
John Laurens
John Laurens Jul 24, 2022 1:37AM ET
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I'll pass. Another example of stolen tech. You're welcome to try, but I won't be buying a seat on that stuff.
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Jul 24, 2022 1:37AM ET
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Because we let them copy dont maybe it’s too late to stop it
Laxman Neupane
Beautiful Jul 24, 2022 1:37AM ET
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Thats what they said of Japanese in the 1960s. We are all aware of how embarrassing it all turned out.
John Laurens
John Laurens Jul 24, 2022 1:37AM ET
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Benoit Avril
Benoit Avril Jul 24, 2022 1:37AM ET
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Technology, like science is knowledge and knpwmedge spreads. Did I steal Newton's equation?
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Jul 23, 2022 11:22PM ET
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The max is doomed. Nobody wants to fly it
JIM VETTER
JIM VETTER Jul 23, 2022 11:01PM ET
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Try fixing the bot problem
Muzammil Mohd
Muzammil Mohd Jul 23, 2022 11:45AM ET
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Nobody wants risk their life by flying in them
 
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