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China’s First Large Homemade Passenger Jet to Fly in 2017

The first twin-engine 158-seater C919 passenger plane made by The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) is pulled out of the company's hangar during a ceremony near the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. The first plane produced by a Chinese government initiative to compete in the market for large passenger jetliners has been unveiled in Shanghai. (AP Photo)

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Many years in the making, China’s first large homemade passenger jet will fly in the first half of 2017.

State-owned aircraft maker Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd., or Comac, based in Shanghai, has nearly completed work on the 175-passenger C919.

The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2019, to compete with the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. Comac has 517 orders for the C919.

In 2016, the ARJ21-700, China’s first homemade regional jet, made its debut flight carrying 70 passengers.

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