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Chinese passenger jet C919 prepares for maiden flight

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Wed May 03 2017, 1:13 pm
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    The maiden flight of the C919, China's first domestically-built large passenger jet, is scheduled for May 5, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

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    The flight will depart from Shanghai's Pudong International Airport and will be rescheduled if "weather conditions are not suitable", Xinhua news agency quoted COMAC as saying. (COMAC/website)

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    The C919, China's answer to the Boeing 737 and Airbus 320, signals the country's entry into the global aviation market as a strong competitor, analysts said. (Reuters)

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    In 2007, plans to develop a Chinese-built large passenger jet were approved by the State Council. In November 2015, the first C919 jet rolled off the assembly line. (Associated Press)

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    "Engineers have completed over 118 tests and are prepared for the maiden flight," COMAC said. (Reuters)

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    The plane passed an expert technical appraisal this March. (COMAC/website)

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    It has 158 seats and a standard range of 4,075 km. COMAC has received 570 orders from 23 customers, including from China's national carrier Air China, and leasing company GE Capital Aviation Service. (COMAC/website)

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    First C919 passenger jet made by the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China. (Reuters)

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