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China’s first domestically produced passenger aircraft, the C919, was able to obtain a production license from the national civil aviation authority.
China’s first domestically produced passenger aircraft “C919” has now reached the final stage by obtaining the production license from the national civil aviation authority.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced that it has granted the “production license” to the model that will begin mass production.
According to the news of AA, the narrow-body passenger aircraft developed by the state-owned China Commercial Aircraft Company (COMAC) made its first test flight on 14 May and received its “type license”, which registered its suitability for flight, on 30 September.
The first deliveries will be made this month.
The first delivery of single-aisle passenger aircraft, designed as “Boeing 737” and “Airbus 320” equivalents, is scheduled to be made to China Eastern Airlines in December.
China Eastern had reached an agreement with COMAC to purchase the planes for $99 million each, with the agreement signed in March 2021.
China Eastern plans to use the aircraft for domestic flights from Shanghai to the cities of Beijing, Guangzhou, Xinjiang, and Qingdu.
In this way, it is evaluated that China can have a share in the global passenger aircraft market dominated by US Boeing and European Airbus companies.