The first commercial flight of China’s homegrown C919 narrow-body jet will take place on Sunday, according to information displayed on the carrier’s app on Friday. China Eastern Airlines is the aircraft’s first customer.
The C919 flight will depart Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport as flight MU9191 at 10:45 a.m. Beijing time (02:45 GMT) and land at Beijing Capital Airport at 1:10 p.m.
China Eastern announced on Thursday that C919 would be placed into service “in the near future” and that Shanghai would serve as the aircraft’s primary base while it is in commercial service. A promotional stamp will be released to mark the C919’s inaugural commercial flight, the Shanghai Stamp Collecting Corporation announced on Tuesday.
The C919 can accommodate 164 passengers in its two-class cabin, which is divided into business and economy seats. GE, Safran, and Honeywell International are just a few examples of Western manufacturers whose engines and avionics are used in the aircraft, despite the fact that it is manufactured in China.
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), which is the manufacturer of the C919, received a type certificate from the CAAC in September. On December 26, 2022, CEA started its first C919 aircraft’s 100-hour verification flight to check and confirm the operational safety of the aircraft.