The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (COMAC) C919, which is due to be certified this year, has been performing route proving flights in the past week to several Chinese cities.

Various COMAC C919 aircraft, including the first production aircraft, have been flying to airports across China, say various local media outlets.

The route proving flights are to test the C919’s performance as well as to test the airports’ ability to handle the aircraft, reports Changjiang Daily, without citing sources.

C919 route proving flights

Date Airports
6 July Yantai Penglai Airport
Dongying Shengli Airport
Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
Jinan Yaoqiang Airport
7 July Wuhan Tianhe Airport (second time)
8 July Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (first time)
Beihai Fucheng Airport (first time)
11 July Shanghai Pudong International Airport
12 July Beijing Daxing International Airport (first time)
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Dongying Shengli Airport
13 July Dongying Shengli Airport

Source: Various media outlets including Changjian Daily, Guangxi Daily, Guilin Daily

The first production aircraft – local registration B-001J, that will be delivered to launch operator China Eastern Airlines’ OTT Airlines – has been performing flight test manoeuvres at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Dongying Shengli Airport in Shandong province over the last three days, according to Flightradar24. COMAC and Chinese government authorities have said publicly the C919 is due to be certified this year. But Changjian Daily, without citing sources, have said in recent days the aircraft will be certified and have entry into service, as soon as next month.

COMAC C919 local registration B-001J Performing manoeuvres at Shanghai on 11 July (Source: Flightradar24)

COMAC C919 local registration B-001J Performing manoeuvres at Dongying on 13 July (Source: Flightradar24)


Featured photo shows COMAC C919 local registration B-001F at Beijing Daxing International Airport for the first time on 12 July (Source: Weibo @FATIII)

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