A few days ago they tested the first made-in-China passenger jet C919 at Pudong Airport here in Shanghai.
This is the first large passenger jet made in China and it is expected to make its first flight during the first half of 2017. But let’s see, the maiden flight has already been delayed two times since 2014 due to production issues.
The plane aims to be a competitor to Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’ A320. China Eastern Airlines is the launch customer for the plane but the producer COMAC reports that they have received 570 orders for the C919 jet from 23 customers.
The market for passenger jets in China is huge, just the Chinese airlines will need about 6000 new ones valued approximately $945 billion over the next two decades. So obviously, as with everything else, Beijing hopes to replace foreign aircraft with domestically produced ones instead.