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PICTURE: Comac powers-on third C919 in push for year-end flight

Comac has achieved power-on for its third C919 flight test prototype, as it continues to work towards achieving a first flight for the aircraft by the end of the year.

Aircraft 102 was transferred from the Shandong test site to Jiangxi late last month. Comac says aircraft 101 and 102 are undergoing flight tests at Xian, Shandong and Jiangxi.

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The third prototype is being prepared for a first flight before year-end

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The Chinese manufacturer is using six flight test aircraft for the narrowbody programme, and also has two ground test jets that are undergoing static and fatigue tests.

It has secured 815 commitments for the CFM International Leap-1C-powered aircraft, with a target to achieve certification and enter into service in the 2020-2021 period.

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