Chinese aviation is ready to make history accomplishing its first domestically-produced large passenger aircraft C919.
This airplane will have 158 seats and a standard range of 4,075 kilometers. According to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), the C919 plane is expected to compete with the updated Airbus 320 and Boeing’s new-generation 737.
Two hundred aircraft manufacturers, 36 higher education and research institutes, more than 30 foreign enterprises and 200,000 specialistswork on this project. COMACs’ president, Jin Zhuanglong, highlighted that the C919 airplane will have 102 new technologic applications and materials.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang encouraged the civil aircraft industry to work harder to strengthen China’s capacity in high-end equipment manufacturing and make it a real manufacturing power.
China is the biggest civil aviation market in the world with more than 10 million passengers crossing its airports every year. Nowadays, the Chinese air fleet has more than 3,000 airplanes. In three years, it’s expected that the aircraft C919 will have an important place in national and international aviation markets.