The Chinese-produced large passenger jet, C919, started its first long-distance test flight.
With five crew members onboard, the plane took off in Shanghai-Pudong (PVG) at 11:38 a.m. on Friday November 10, and flied to Yanliang Testing Base in Xi’an, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. In Yanliang, it will undergo further testing.
The company plans to produce six test planes, with the second expected to make its maiden flight at the end of this year. The first C919 completed its maiden test flight in May and has now made a total of five test flights. It will remain at the Yanliang base to undergo more complicated testing in order to acquire its airworthiness certificates.
COMAC has received orders for 730 C919 planes from 27 domestic and international clients. With a standard range of 4,075 kilometers, the C919 jet is comparable to the updated Airbus 320 and Boeing’s new generation 737 planes.