The C919, which will compete with Boeing Co’s 737 and the Airbus SE A320, has become a symbol of China’s civil aerospace ambition, as well as President Xi Jinping’s policy of upgrading national manufacturing capabilities, Reuters reported.
Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC) said in their official microblog that the plane landed safely at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 12:45 p.m. (0445 GMT), having flown for 1 hour and 38 minutes.
The previous prototype of the C919 jet conducted its first flight in December 2017. COMAC said it is assembling three more prototypes, and that all six will be scheduled to conduct flight tests next year.
Dozens of customers have placed orders and made commitments for 815 of the C919 jets, according to Reuters. COMAC is aiming to get the certification for the plane from Chinese regulators by the end of 2020, as well as Europe’s aviation safety regulator, which agreed to start the certification process back in April 2018.