The C919, China's self-developed large passenger aircraft, successfully completed its first commercial flight from Shanghai to Beijing on Sunday, marking its official entry into the civil aviation market.
The flight, operated by China Eastern Airlines, took off as MU9191 at 10:32 a.m. from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport with 128 passengers on board.
The plane was greeted with a water salute after touching down at Beijing Capital International Airport at 12:31 p.m.
"The commercial operation of the C919 means that for the first time, China's civil aviation market has got the country's self-developed trunk jetliner," said Wei Yingbiao, vice president of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), developer of the C919.
With eight business seats and 156 economy seats, this single-aisle C919 aircraft has various passenger-friendly features, such as a 2.25-meter-high aisle ceiling and drop-down overhead bins. The middle seat of the economy class is 1.5 cm wider than its neighboring seats.
"The first commercial flight is a coming-of-age ceremony for the new aircraft," said Zhang Xiaoguang, director of the marketing and sales department of COMAC.
适航证明 airworthiness certificates
窄体客机 narrow-body passenger plane
支线客机 regional passenger jet
飞行表演 flying display
大型水陆两栖飞机 large amphibious aircraft