Monday, November 2, 2015

#China rolled out first indigenous passenger aircraft to challenge #Boeing and @Airbus

China has rolled out first domestically-produced large passenger aircraft C919 in Shanghai today.

The new plane was developed by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC). When it is cleared for commercial use, it is expected to compete with the updated Airbus 320 and Boeing's new-generation 737.C919 has 158 seats, a standard range of 4,075 kilometers and an extended range of 5,555 kilometers.

The C919 will compete in the market for single-aisle jets dominated by Airbus A320 and Boeing's 737.Comac also plans a wide-body plane, the C929, in cooperation with Russia's United Aircraft Corp, and the company is also expected to create an aero-engine operation.Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (Comac) says it has orders for 517 aircraft from 21 customers, most of them Chinese airlines, but also from leasing company GE Capital Aviation Service