China’s first domestically produced passenger jet makes maiden flight

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BEIJING (China) May 5 (APP): China’s first domestically produced
single-aisle passenger jet, the C919, successfully made its maiden flight on Friday.
After 79 minutes of flying, the C919 landed safely at Shanghai Pudong
International Airport, according to official media reports here.
With a flying experience of 10,300 hours, Cai Jun flew the plane. It
took six year for the plane to be certified since 2008 before it was allowed to get off the ground.
The twin-engine single-aisle C919 has 158 to 174 seats, and it will be
used for medium-haul flights after it enters the commercial market.
The commercialization of the C919 will take two to three years, and the
demand for C919 in domestic market is at least 2000, according to its designers.
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), the Shanghai-based
manufacturer of C919, said the aircraft has not only attracted domestic airlines such as Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Hainan Airlines and Sichuan Airlines, but also foreign carriers, such as German startup PuRen Airlines and City Airways of Thailand.