The C919, manufactured by the state-owned Business Plane Company of China (COMAC) was unveiled to a lot fanfare in November 2015, casting itself as China’s reply to Boeing and Airbus. Nonetheless, since then, valuable little has been heard of the single-aisle, 168-seat plane which was alleged to make its first flight in 2016.
However delays are nothing notably new for the C919. The venture was initiated again in 2006 with over 200 corporations and 36 universities nationwide lending a hand to contribute to the intensive analysis and improvement that went into designing the airplane.
Earlier this week, Chinese language state media introduced that the ending touches (and on-board system) had lastly been placed on the airplane and exams confirmed that it was “sturdy sufficient to assist future navigation.”
COMAC informed the media final 12 months that it had already obtained 570 orders for the C919 from 23 clients. In fact, these included orders from government-run corporations like Air China, China Southern and China Jap Airways.
The hope is that sometime the plane can develop into internationally aggressive with the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. Again in 2015, Qatar Airways Chief Govt Akbar Al Baker informed CNBC that he would have “no hesitation in any respect in shopping for Chinese language airplanes,” so long as they had been made to the usual that he wished.
“There may be nothing improper with shopping for Chinese language. You employ an iPhone, which is made in China. Designed by anyone else, however made in China. I believe it will be good for this (Boeing/Airbus) monopoly to be damaged,” he added.