China’s first big passenger plane to take maiden flight

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39814146

China’s first large domestically made passenger aircraft is due to take its maiden flight, mounting a major challenge to Boeing and Airbus.

The plane is a key symbol of Beijing’s soaring ambitions to enter the global aviation market.

The jet by state-owned firm Comac has been planned since 2008 but the flight was repeatedly pushed back.

The C919 is designed to be a direct competitor to Boeing’s 737 and the Airbus A320.

It’s estimated that the global aviation market will be worth $2tn (£1.55tn) over the next 20 years.

The plane is scheduled to take off from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport later on Friday.

It still relies on a wide array of imported technology though, it is for instance powered by engines from French-US supplier CFM International.

Orders have already been placed for more than 500 of the planes, with commitments from 23 customers, say officials, mainly Chinese airlines. The main customer is China Eastern Airlines.

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“The plane is a key symbol of Beijing’s soaring ambitions to enter the global aviation market.”

all stones will be overturned and new leaders emerge..

“It’s estimated that the global aviation market will be worth $2tn (£1.55tn) over the next 20 years.”

big money..

“Orders have already been placed for more than 500 of the planes, with commitments from 23 customers, say officials, mainly Chinese airlines.”

401

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~ by seeker401 on May 9, 2017.

One Response to “China’s first big passenger plane to take maiden flight”

  1. The ” imported technology” would worry me !

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