C919’s maiden commercial flight is completed! C919 officially entered the market, and Shanghai will focus on building a world-class aviation industry cluster

Updated: May 29,2023 10:42 AM english.sheitc.gov.cn

 On May 28th, the maiden commercial flight ceremony of C919 large passenger aircraft was held at Hongqiao International Airport, which marked that domestic large aircraft officially entered the market.

In his speech, Jin Zhuanglong, Minister of Industry and Information Technology, paid high tribute to all units and all comrades involved in the development, flight test, validation, operation and guarantee of C919 large passenger aircraft project. He said that the development of domestic large aircraft is a major strategic decision made by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, bearing the will of the country, the national dream and the expectations of the people. Today's maiden voyage marks great achievements in research and development after 16 years, and is a milestone flight in the history of aviation development in China. Looking ahead, China's large aircraft industry has a long way to go, and the task of accelerating the development of scale and serialization is still arduous. We should continue to carry forward the fine style of "long-term struggle, tackling key problems, hardship and dedication", insist on safety first and quality first, put ensuring safe operation and strengthening service guarantee in a more important position, and strive to write a new chapter in the development of China's large aircraft industry with consistency, perseverance, tackling difficulties and making great achievements for a long time.


Gong Zheng, Deputy Secretary of CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee and Mayor of Shanghai Municipal Government, said in his speech that General Secretary Xi Jinping has always attached great importance to the development of domestic large aircraft and earnestly expected domestic large aircraft to "laugh at the blue sky and spread their wings and fly". The official commercial operation of C919 large passenger aircraft started a new journey of marketization and industrialization of Shanghai aviation industry. It is necessary to seize this important opportunity, give full play to Shanghai's advantages of solid industrial base, perfect supporting system and gathering professional talents, support COMAC to be the "chain leader" of civil aviation, accelerate the innovation and development of aviation science and technology and industry, continuously improve the resilience and safety level of aviation industry chain supply chain, and strive to build a world-class aviation industry cluster. It is necessary to give full play to the functional advantages of Shanghai International Shipping Center, speed up the gathering of high-end aviation resources, fully support air transport enterprises to optimize the capacity structure, improve service quality, expand the international market, and build themselves into world-class super carriers to better meet the air travel needs of the broad masses of the people.


Song Zhiyong, Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, mentioned in his speech that the commercial operation of C919 large passenger aircraft marked a new chapter in China's large aircraft industry. Civil aviation systems should, in accordance with the instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping, continue to pay attention to the safe operation of C919, strengthen the overall situation awareness, enhance coordination, ensure safe, stable and reliable operation, and lay a solid foundation for the large-scale, serialized and industrialized development of domestic large aircraft.


China Eastern Airlines used COMAC's first C919 large passenger aircraft delivered in the world to fly MU9191 from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Beijing Capital Airport, and the first commercial passenger flight of C919 was successfully completed.