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Made in China: Comac's first passenger aircraft is ready

May 23, 2014 10:26 IST

Image: Members of the media visit a ARJ21-700 aircraft model at the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (Comac) factory in Shanghai.
Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

China is now ready to deliver its first indigenously built aircraft.

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Made in China: Comac's first passenger aircraft is ready

Image: Technicians inspect a ARJ21-700 aircraft model at the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (Comac) factory in Shanghai.
Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Built for Chengdu Airlines, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China has completed the work on ARJ21-700 and is ready for certification.

Made in China: Comac's first passenger aircraft is ready

Image: Technicians inspect a ARJ21-700 aircraft model at the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (Comac) factory in Shangha3.
Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The company started working on the project in 2002. Though the aircraft’s delivery was scheduled for 2007, it got delayed due to technical issues.

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Made in China: Comac's first passenger aircraft is ready

Image: Members of the media visit a ARJ21-700 aircraft at its factory.
Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The ARJ21-700 can seat 78 to 90 passengers. 

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Made in China: Comac's first passenger aircraft is ready

Image: A journalist takes a picture with her mobile phone inside a ARJ21-700 aircraft.
Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

According to Reuters, Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd and JSC United Aircraft Corporation are considering jointly developing advanced wide-body jets, a move that could help the Chinese plane maker compete with Boeing Co and Airbus.

Made in China: Comac's first passenger aircraft is ready

Image: A technician inspects a ARJ21-700 aircraft model at the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (Comac) factory in Shanghai.
Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In an initial deal signed ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's ongoing China visit, COMAC and JSC agreed to conduct a feasibility study on the project, COMAC chief accountant Tian Min said in Shanghai, according to Reuters.

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Made in China: Comac's first passenger aircraft is ready

Image: A technician inspects a ARJ21-700 aircraft model at the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (Comac) factory in Shanghai.
Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The aircraft completed test flights in April this year.

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Made in China: Comac's first passenger aircraft is ready


Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

During its test flight, the aircraft has flown across 13,000 kilometres.

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Made in China: Comac's first passenger aircraft is ready


Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

A technician inspects a ARJ21-700 aircraft model at the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (Comac) factory in Shanghai.

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Made in China: Comac's first passenger aircraft is ready


Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Technicians work on their computers next to a ARJ21-700 aircraft model at the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (Comac) factory in Shanghai.