Chinese rival Boeing tests passenger plane C919

COMAC has been making airplanes for years, but is a small player that wants to conquer a place in the market for airplanes from around 100 seats. That market is now split between Airbus and Boeing. The European manufacturer Airbus, in particular, has been very active in the Chinese market in recent years, because Boeing there suffered from the trade tensions between China and the United States.

COMAC has been developing the C919 since 2008. China Eastern Airlines has ordered five of the aircraft. COMAC is dependent on foreign companies such as General Electric for many important parts. The company has missed a deadline to deliver the first C919 by the end of 2021.

As a launch customer, China Eastern will be the first to fly the type. According to COMAC, the company wants to use the C919s on flights from its home base in Shanghai to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu, among others. China Eastern still has fifteen C919s in option. So far, it has been almost exclusively airlines from China itself that have placed orders for the C919.

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