China intends to deliver its first domestically designed and manufactured passenger plane in 2021, marking the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China. The C919 series aircraft will be competing with Boeing’s 737s and Airbus320s.
It will be testing C929, a wide-body, twin-aisle, long-haul passenger jet, is a joint venture with Russia also challenges Boeing and Airbus. A fifth runway has been built at Shanghai Pudong International Airport specifically for testing of C919 and CR929 planes.
According to reliable sources there are already 700 orders out of which 170 are firm made by domestic customers including Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines. Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines will be the C919’s launch customer. GE Capital Aviation Services is so far the only foreign client, with 10 firm orders.