C919, the Chinese passenger jet manufactured by COMAC, has successfully completed its first long-haul test flight on November 10, 2017. The plane took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 11:38 am and flew to Yanliang Testing Base in Xi’an (Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province) for further testing.
The aircraft covered the 1,400-km distance at a height of 7,800 for less than three hours. This is the fifth test flight for the C919. The first one was done in May 2017. This is the first out of six test planes that COMAC intends to manufacture. The second test aircraft is expected to fly for the first time by the end of the year.
The C919 is the first passenger plane made in China and aims to compete with the industry leaders Airbus 320 and Boeing 737. The aircraft can sit between 158 and 168 travelers and cover a range of 4,075 to 5,555 kilometers. It still awaits certification by both the Chinese and the European aviation safety regulators.
In September 2017 COMAC announced that it has signed commitments for for a total of 130 C919 airplanes for 4 different Chinese leasing companies, which makes the total order book for the aircraft consistent of 730 planes from 27 customers.