China's first homegrown passenger jet makes maiden commercial flight

The C919 is China’s first domestically produced passenger jet to compete with Western rivals in the air. – AFP, May 28, 2023.

CHINA’S first domestically produced passenger jet, the C919, took off on its maiden commercial flight today, a milestone event in the nation’s decades-long effort to compete with Western rivals in the air.

China Eastern Airlines flight MU9191 rose into the skies above Shanghai Hongqiao Airport just after 10.30am (0230 GMT), footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed.

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