China’s ‘big jet’ takes the sky

The COMAC C919 passenger jet, China’s first indigenously-developed ‘big jet’, successfully completed its maiden test flight on 5 May 2017, marking the first major milestone in China’s effort to break into the commercial airliner market which has been dominated by Boeing and Airbus. The first of a range of designs that have been proposed by … Continue reading China’s ‘big jet’ takes the sky

China’s Long March to the ‘Big Jet Club’

On 2 November 2015, China’s first C919 twin-engine narrow-body passenger jetliner rolled out of the production line in a ceremony attended by some 4,000 government officials and VIP guests at COMAC’s manufacturing plant Shanghai. Many hailed this as the major milestone in China’s multibillion-dollar effort to break into the commercial jetliner market, believing that the … Continue reading China’s Long March to the ‘Big Jet Club’