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China's top scientific achievements in 2015

Updated: 2015-12-25 07:14

China's top scientific achievements in 2015

China's first large home-made passenger airplane C919 rolls off the assembly line on Nov 2 in Shanghai. [Photo by Chen Xiao/Asianewsphoto]

China's first domestically produced large airplane unveiled

The C919, China's first domestically developed large passenger airplane, rolled off the assembly line in November in Shanghai. The plane aims to compete with the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 globally.

The rollout of the C919 marks a milestone in the aircraft industry of China, which is the world's largest civil aviation market with a fleet of over 2,000 planes dominated by Boeing and Airbus.

The C919 can seat 158 to 174 passengers and has a standard range of 4,075 kilometers. It is expected to make its maiden flight next year.

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