BEIJING – China’s first medium-sized airliner, COMAC C919, carried out on Friday its first successful long-distance test flight between the cities of Shanghai and Xian.
The aircraft took off at 11:38 am from Pudong International Airport in the eastern city of Shanghai and landed around 2:30 pm at the Yanling test base in Xian in central China, official news agency Xinhua reported.
During the test flight that was about two hours and 20 minutes long, the aircraft traveled 1,300 kilometers (808 miles) separating the two cities at an altitude of 7,800 meters (25,590 feet), Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) said on Friday.
The manufacturer pointed out that, for the moment, the C919 which landed in Yanling on Friday and with which it completed its sixth test flight will remain at the base for further tests and acquire its Certificate of Airworthiness.
COMAC, which has already manufactured a smaller model, the twin-engined regional jet ARJ21, said that about 30 national and international customers have already commissioned 730 units of this new model.
With the success of manufacturing the C919, China joins the short list of countries with the capacity to manufacture commercial aircraft, comprised of the United States, Russia, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, France and Germany.