China’s homegrown jetliner has passed its latest test with flying colors.
The C919 104 — the fourth test model of the country’s self-developed C919 aircraft — took to the skies above Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport Thursday in a test flight that pushes the model closer to a commercial rollout, state-owned broadcaster CCTV reported.
The 85-minute flight tested the aircraft’s capabilities, including landing and autopilot mode, said CCTV, adding that two more C919 planes will be tested later this year.
Designed to challenge an international aircraft-manufacturing market dominated by Boeing and Airbus, the C919 project was unveiled in 2009 by China’s state-owned plane-maker Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).
In February, COMAC said it expected to deliver the first commercial C919 jetliners to Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines in 2021.
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