Fifth prototype of COMAC C919 takes to the skies

Created on 07.11.2019 14:48

Last week proved busy for the manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC): the fifth prototype of the C919 commercial single-aisle aircraft took off for the first time on October 24, 2019. Two days later, its ARJ21 regional aircraft was flying its first international route.

The COMAC C919 105 took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) for a flight of one hour and thirty-seven minutes. The C919 105 is the fifth of six test aircraft for the Chinese program. 

This test aircraft will be tested in extreme weather conditions, high heat and cold temperatures, as well as flight tests related to environment control, electrical power and whole-aircraft drainage, says the manufacturer in a press release.

The other four first prototypes conducted test flights in Xian, Nanchang, and Shandong Province. The latest flight test aircraft, the 106, is expected to make its debut by the end of the year. The C919 should be certified by 2021.