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First production COMAC C919 starts flight testing

The first production aircraft of the COMAC C919 has made its maiden flight on May 14. The aircraft, painted white with China Eastern Airlines on the fuselage, performed a three hour, two minutes test flight from and to Shanghai Pudong, the Chinese airframer reported...

COMAC C919 still needs some 240 flights until certification

Flight testing of the COMAC C919 is still a long way off being completed anytime soon before the type will be certified. Yet, the Chinese OEM expects the first deliveries of the single-aisle aircraft to happen this year. COMAC C919 still needs some 240 flights until...

COMAC sees China’s fleet grow to nearly 10.000 by 2040

COMAC is predicting that China’s fleet size will reach 9.957 aircraft by 2040, with the country accounting for 22 percent of the world’s passenger aircraft fleet, making it the largest single aviation market worldwide. The figure was disclosed by the Chinese aircraft...

Insight Monday 30 November 2020 – COMAC C919 gains TIA – the next moves are tricky

News:COMAC has received the type inspection authorization (TIA) for its C919 aircraft, enabling final flight testing and certification. Typically, issuance of a TIA means that the program is nearing completion, the design is finalized and verified, and issuance of a...

Buying or leasing? That’s the question

Leasing of aircraft has taken a jump. Yet airlines prefer to buy them outright too. Richard Schuurman looks at the...

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