China Commercial Aviation Corporation (COMAC), has confirmed that all flight tests on the C919 narrow body jet aircraft have been completed. This is required in order to receive an airworthiness certificate. All six C919 prototypes were subject to flight testing. Since 2019, relevant tests have been conducted at bases in Nanchang, Shanghai, Xian and Dongying. Chinese media reported earlier that the aircraft would be commercially available by the end of 2019, citing COMAC.
The first serial aircraft C919 completed its first flight in Shanghai on May 14. The aircraft was painted in the colors China Eastern Airlines and took off at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. China Eastern Airlines will operate the C919. In the fall 2021, the airline and COMAC signed a similar agreement to purchase five additional aircraft.
COMAC has been developing the C919 since 2008. In November 2015, the first C919 sample was rolled off the assembly lines at the assembly plant. It took to the skies in Shanghai in May 2017.
There are many options for the aircraft, ranging from 158 to 193. The C919’s flight range is approximately 4000 km. It can fly up to 5500 km at its maximum.
COMAC has received orders from 28 airlines for 815 C919s, amounting to approximately $75 billion. 34 of these aircraft are for foreign customers. COMAC projects that more than 40,600 new aircraft will reach the market between 2020-2039. This would amount to about $5.9 trillion. The company has estimated that the total volume of Chinese C919- and ARJ21-built aircraft deliveries could reach 732 billion dollars.