China’s first homemade passenger aircraft would kick off its first flight in the first six months of 2017 said the state media on Monday.
Home built passenger aircraft would decrease the China’s reliance on European manufacturers Airbus and Boeing 737 while challenging the already existing players in the market. The airplane has been constructed by state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) and took eight years of hard effort.
Last year COMAC’s first smaller regional jet ARj21 took its first commercial flight.
New aircraft is C919 narrowed body jet capable of carrying 168 passengers. The first flight would mark the China’s entry in the passenger aircraft market dividing the shares of Boeing 737 and Airbus as COMAC claimed that it had already received more than 570 orders from 23 customers.
Being self-sufficient in airplane manufacturing would enable the China to cater to the ever growing home market that is expected to expand dramatically. According to estimates by Airbus, China’s airlines would require 6000 airplanes worth $945 billion while Boeing cited higher figure expecting it to reach up to $1 trillion.
To keep on reaping the benefits of China’s extended market both companies have ensured to enter into the strategic partnerships. Completion and delivery center of Airbus is located in Tianjin. Apart from this company buys parts like exit doors, air blades, and wings from the China,