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May 4, 2017

infographic on first chinese passenger jet comac c919

infographic on Chinese passenger jet c919

China has just built its largest commercial airliner since the defunct Shanghai Y-10. The made in china passenger jet comacC919 forms part of China's long-term goal to break Airbus and Boeing's duopoly, and is intended to compete against Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX, Bombardier CS300, Irkut MC-21, and other next-generation single-aisle airliners.The C919, regarded as China’s answer to the monopoly of Boeing and Airbus is expected to make its maiden flight on May 5,

The company intends to manufacture up to 2,300 aircraft of that type.The twin-engine C919 was can carry up to 158 passengers and has a range of 4,075 kilometers. A longer range version can fly up to 5,555 kilometers. COMAC has received 570 orders from 23 foreign and domestic customers, according to the Chinese media. However, the vast majority of orders is from local carriers. According to CNN, though the C919 is regarded as a home-made plane, many of the components are made in the US, France, and Germany. This includes the electrical system and landing gear, which are produced in the US by Honeywell International.The engines are designed by the US-French joint venture CFM International.Before China’s C919, only the US, Russia, Brazil, Canada, the UK, France, and Germany had developed large homegrown airliners.According to Airbus' 2016-2035 Global Market Forecast, Chinese airlines will need about 6,000 new jets worth $945 billion over the next two decades. China has a plan to overtake the US by 2030 as the world's largest commercial aviation market.