As it was planned, the aircraft with registration number B-919A took off from Shanghai at 10:32 local time with 128 passengers on board and landed at one of Beijing’s international airports at 13:10.
In this way, the C919 officially joined the civil aviation market and will now compete with models such as the A320 of the multinational Airbus and the U.S. Boeing 737 MAX.
The Chinese airplane has 158 to 168 seats and can range from 4,75 to 5,555 kilometers.
With this success, China Eastern Airlines also added it to its fleet, after a 100-hour test program was completed to ensure that it was safe.
On each trip, the company simulated the process of operating a commercial route, checked the ability to use the C919, the application of standards and regulations and the work of all personnel involved, from the pilot to the maintenance technicians.