When thinking of the biggest names in the manufacture of aeroplanes, two names immediately spring to mind – Boeing and Airbus. However, a new player in the market has designs on creating a brand similar to that of those two industry champions and a recent test flight of the C919 indicated the first major step towards that goal.
The C919 manufactured by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (Comac) had its first public flight test on 5th May 2017 which was declared a success by its manufacturer. The flight lasted around an hour and was witnessed by a large number of government officials and various aerospace executives.
Comac’s C919 is designed to compete with the Airbus 320 and the Boeing 737, the two single-aisle planes which are the most prevalent in the world’s airlines. The C919 has been in the wings for decades and represents what Comac hopes will be a game-changer for the aerospace industry in China. While it is still very much in its infancy, Airbus and Boeing will be aware that this could be the beginning of a challenge to their successful duopoly.