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China's C919 to take on Airbus, Boeing

Last updated on: November 18, 2010 16:58 IST

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Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China is set to take on world's biggest airline manufacturers Airbus and Boeing Co.

A full-size prototype of the China-made large passenger aircraft C919, the country's first home-grown large commercial airliner, was unveiled at the Zhuahai Air Show 2010.

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Image: Visitors queue to see a scale model of Chinese-made C919 passenger jet.
Photographs: Reuters.
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The Chinese's company has already won orders for 100 C919 aircraft.

Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, CDB Leasing and the US-based GECAS have placed the order for the aircraft.

It has a designed capacity of 168 seats for the full economy class version and 156 seats for mixed-class version.

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Image: Visitors sit in the control cabin of a scale model of Chinese-made C919 passenger jet.
Photographs: Reuters.
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It is planned that C919 will make its maiden flight in 2014 and be delivered in 2016 after getting the airworthiness certification.

C919 is set to make a dent in the sales of Boeing's 737 and Airbus's A320.

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Image: Airport workers standing out on the snow-covered tarmac at Beijing airport.
Photographs: David Gray/Reuters.
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Profits from China's booming aviation industry, which includes airlines and airports, soared 363.5 per cent from a year earlier to $952 million in July.

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Image: Air China passenger jet.
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Air Show China highlights China's prowess in the growing aerospace industry. Since 1996, the show has been  held in Zhuhai in every even-number year.

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Image: A prototype of the China-made large passenger aircraft C919.
Photographs: Courtesy, China Daily.
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A multi-use amphibious aircraft, HO 300, that can land on both land and water, including lakes, reservoirs and seas, developed by the General Aircraft Co, is also on display.

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Image: Amphibious aircraft.
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Airbus A380 has received over 200 orders for its aircraft so far.

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Image: Inside the Airbus A380.
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Airbus and Boeing rule the global market for large commercial jets. Between 2000 and 2009 Airbus received 6,452 orders, while Boeing received 5,927.


Image: Boeing 747.

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