Thu Mar 14, 2019, 10:10 AM

Chinas new glamour girl of the skies

Sleek, with a cute nose, the profile of China’s new glamour girl of the skies was plastered all over state-run TV before her maiden flight at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport in 2017.

Gliding into the air, the COMAC C919 was captured in all her glory as the commercial face for not only Beijing’s high-tech ambitions but also its status as a new aircraft manufacturing power.

Fast forward two years and the first narrow-body twin-engine jet airliner developed by China’s aerospace industry to rival Boeing’s 737 Max 8 and the Airbus 320 is still undergoing trials before entering service in 2021.

With fears growing about the stability of the Max 8 after the second deadly crash in five months, the C919 is expected to increase its order book.

“This is a key year for the , and it is hoped that we can further optimize the flight tasks, enhance flight test efficiency, and complete all the tasks safely,” Lai Peijun, a flight test engineer with the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, or COMAC, said.

Latest figures released last year by the influential aviation news site FlightGlobal revealed that the C919 had 1,008 orders, mainly from major domestic airlines, such as Air China, China Eastern and China Southern Airlines, as well as an array of leasing companies.

Overseas interest has been limited. But this is expected to increase in the next 12 months, especially as investigations continue into the two fatal crashes of 737 Max 8 aircraft in Indonesia last October and in Ethiopia last week

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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 12:28 PM

1. China sure does a great job copying/pirating/stealing other people's designs and technology.........

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