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China's C919 large airplane schedule to take first flight in 2015

People's Daily Online

(People's Daily Online) 16:15, February 18, 2014

The first test-flight C919 plane will enter the final assembly phase in 2014, and is expected to make its maiden flight in 2015, said Tian Min, chief accountant of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China undertaking the development of Chinese large passenger aircrafts, at the Singapore Airplane Exhibition on Sep. 12.

Tian Min said that the Final Assembly Manufacture Center of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China is building a base specializing in the final assembly of C919 airplanes. After its completion, the base will reach an annual capacity of 150 C919 large passenger airplanes and 50 ARJ21 new regional aircrafts.

The C919 is the first 150-seat large passenger aircraft with Chinese independent intellectual property rights. It has been designed and developed in strict accordance with international standards. It can meet airlines' operating demands for different routes. So far, orders of C919 airplanes have been obtained from 16 Chinese and overseas customers.

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