China’s first large domestically manufactured passenger aircraft, the C919, finally rolled off the assembly lines at Comac’s Shanghai plant today. The much-delayed passenger jet is China’s answer to Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’ A320 models which make up more than half of the aircraft in service. Comac Chairman Jin Zhuanglong said ground tests on the C919’s systems such as avionics, flight controls and hydraulics would start shortly, and that the maiden flight was still scheduled for 2016. Comac had already received 517 orders for the aircraft, the company claims, mainly from domestic airlines.
First C919 rolls off Shanghai assembly line