The departure of the first homegrown passenger plane of China was broadcast live on state television. The construction of the plane lasted 10 years. The departure from the Pudong International Airport was followed by thousands of Chinese.
The C919, constructed by the state-owned company called Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), is a model of civilian passenger aircraft with a narrow body. It has a capacity of 160 passengers and it is said to be 5,000 kilometers in range.
It is expected by the Chinese authorities that the C919 will be a rival to the French-German co-production Airbus A320 and American Boeing’s 737 models. According to the reports of Chinese media, the C919 will be on sale about 50 million dollars, a lower price than half of the price of its competitors in the sector.
In the global era it is commented that Beijing is going to be an important player in the international aviation sector with this aircraft which is estimated to turn into a $ 2 trillion economy within the next 20 years. However, all parts of the first domestic plane of China are not Chinese production. The engines of the aircraft were imported from CFM International which is a French-US partnership.
It is announced that there have been 500 orders from Chinese airlines and China Eastern Airlines is the largest customer C919.
According to the report of the International Air Transport Association, China’s tourism sector will expected to pass the US in 2024. And, it is estimated that the Chinese airlines will spend about $ 1 trillion in order to buy new aircrafts from Airbus and Boeing. Namely China is planning to reduce the spending for buying new aircrafts while it aims to make profit by selling its domestic aircrafts to the world.
In order for C919 to start commercial flights in China, it needs to have a flightability certificate. The plane has not yet passed all the tests that are required to get this certificate. In order for the aircraft to be used in flights to the European Union and the United States, the required approvals have to be obtained from the air transport authorities of these countries.