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China Delivers First Homegrown Plane to Take On Boeing, Airbus

  • Comac-made C919 received by China Eastern Airlines in Shanghai
  • Maiden delivery follows years of planning, testing and delays
Comac C919.
Comac C919.Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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China Eastern Airlines Corp. became the first recipient of the Chinese-made C919 passenger jet Friday, a milestone in the country’s aviation ambitions as it bids to compete with aircraft made by Airbus SE and Boeing Co.

The single-aisle plane was delivered to China Eastern at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai and then made a short flight to the city’s Hongqiao Airport, landing at midday.