China’s first homemade large passenger jet, the C919, being pulled out of a hangar during an offline ceremony at the final assembly plant of COMAC in Pudong, Shanghai, China, on November 2, 2015

China has reached a major milestone in its quest to disrupt the Boeing-Airbus duopoly over commercial aircraft manufacturing. In December 2022, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) delivered its first C919 aircraft, a narrow-body jet seeking to compete with the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320neo families. COMAC’s nascence (it was founded in 2008), among …

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