China’s New Passenger Jet Challenges Boeing and Airbus
They’re ready for takeoff. The first domestically designed and manufactured jumbo aircraft from China took its maiden flight today, throwing down the gauntlet to Western aviation giants. State-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China designed the new C919 as a direct competitor to Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’ A320. Coming just a week after the country debuted its first domestically made aircraft carrier and docked a cargo spacecraft, the launch of the C919 — $8.6 billion and seven years in the making — marks the latest advance in China’s technical ambitions.