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The C919 from China Eastern Airlines has begun its final verification flight.

The C919 from China Eastern Airlines has begun its final verification flight.

China Eastern Airlines, the world’s first launch client, received the first C919 aircraft, with registration number B-919A, on December 9.

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China Eastern Airlines received the first domestic narrow-body aircraft that COMAC had delivered, and now that aircraft has begun its validation flight, which will involve nearly 100 hours of flight time, numerous passenger operations checks, and mock-up exercises for aircraft maintenance and operation. from Monday to the middle of February 2023, including 9 Chinese provinces. The aircraft appears to be competent for passenger operations.

The C919 is China’s first homegrown large passenger aircraft in accordance with international airworthiness standards and owns independent intellectual property rights. It features an advanced aerodynamic design, propulsion system, and materials, as well as lower carbon emissions and higher fuel efficiency.

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The aircraft adopts a 164-seat configuration that comes with a two-class cabin layout, including 8 business class seats and 156 economy class ones. In the economy cabin, the middle seat in each three-seat row is 1.5 cm wider than its neighboring ones, which offers more comfort.

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With an aisle height of 2.25 meters, the plane comes with an efficient air filtration system, a passenger-centric lighting system and low noise. Besides, there are twenty 12” drop-down screens that can play 1080P videos.

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On December 26, 2022, a 100-hour verification flight was started by the world’s first C919 that had just been delivered to #CEAir. At 13:25, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (IATA: SHA, ICAO: ZSSS) launched the first flight, MU7801, which touched down at Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA: PEK, ICAO: ZBAA) at 15:17. The aircraft will undergo a thorough test during the verification flight to ensure the safety of its operation, clearing the way for its commercial debut in the spring of 2023.

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