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China's C919 jetliner goes into commercial operation

The C919, China's first domestically developed large passenger jet, departed Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport for Beijing Capital International Airport at 10:32 am on Sunday, embarking on its first commercial flight.

The aircraft, developed by the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, painted with a logo in the shape of a seal with Chinese characters "quanqiu shou jia", meaning first C919 in the world.

The fight, MU 9191, is run by China Eastern Airlines. About 130 passengers are on board. The flight duration is about two hours and 25 minutes.

China Eastern Airlines received the first C919 on Dec 9 and launched test flights later that month.

According to a report published by the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, 32 clients had placed a total of 1,035 orders for the plane as of the end of 2022.

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