China's C919 jet lands successfully after maiden flight
May 05 2017 10:53 AM
A Chinese C919 passenger jet taxis after landing on its first flight at Pudong International Airport
A Chinese C919 passenger jet taxis after landing on its first flight at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.

Reuters/Shanghai

China's home-grown C919 passenger jet landed successfully in Shanghai after an 80-minute maiden flight on Friday, a major step for Beijing as it looks to boost its profile in the global aviation market.

The narrow-body aircraft, which will compete with Boeing's 737 and the Airbus A320, is a key symbol of China's ambitions to muscle into a global jet market estimated to be worth $2 trillion over the next 20 years.



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