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C919 jumbo jet on track for 2014

A scale model of China's first domestically produced jumbo jet was displayed at the China International Industry Fair 2009 yesterday in Shanghai with a Chinese-made engine.

China is on track to produce its own 150-seat commercial jet, code-named C919, to reduce reliance on foreign jet makers such as Boeing and Airbus.

All facets of the process - from design to material sourcing and production - will be done in China. The initial design of the 150-seat jumbo jet has been completed, and the plane is scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2014 and is expected to be delivered to customers by 2016.

However, it may be equipped with foreign-made engines for the maiden flight as the company still needs time to master some key technologies.


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