• China completes production of own passenger plane


    SHANGHAI: China’s first big passenger plane rolled off the assembly line on Monday as the Asian giant seeks to develop its own aviation sector and challenge foreign industry giants for prestige and market share. The C919, a narrow-body jet that can seat 168 passengers, has been under production at a facility in commercial hub Shanghai for over a year, as workers assembled components under the guidance of Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC). A small truck towed the 39-metre long plane — painted white with a green tail — out of a cavernous building decorated with an enormous Chinese flag into the sunlight as project workers marched alongside, an AFP journalist saw. But the aircraft, which has a range of up to 5,555 kilometers (3,444 miles), will not make its first test flight this year as originally scheduled, with the maiden voyage planned for 2016.



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