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China rolls out C919, its first passenger jet plane to take on Boeing and Airbus
In a landmark day of civil aviation history China rolled out the C919, its first commercial passenger jet plane in Shanghai on Monday. In its editorial published on November 3, China Daily applauded the country's achievement.

Having a range of 5,500 kilometers the C919 can carry 168 passengers. Although the C919 is yet to make its first test flight before it can be inducted into service, the roll out itself marks the end of decades old duopoly of key players Airbus and Boeing in the world civil aviation industry.

Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 are the largest used commercial aircrafts in the world today, and the domestic aviation market of China is also heavily dependent on them. Of the 2,218 large and mid-sized aircraft that were registered in 2014 across the world, and almost all of them were Airbus and Boeing planes.

The international civil aviation industry's growing trust in China can be assessed by the fact that the C919 has already received an overwhelming response with 517 orders from 21 domestic and foreign clients, including German and Thai airlines. Once cleared after its test flight, more than 2,000 orders are expected for the C919.

The C919 project was launched in 2008 and proves how China has changed its image from being a country which mainly made low-end and cheap products to a country which can also produce products of high-end and sophisticated technology. 

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