China weighs into the large aircraft market with Comac’s C919

China’s State-owned aircraft manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (Comac), unveiled the first look at its new C919 narrowbody aircraft at the Hong Kong Air Show in late Aug-2009, announcing details of the aircraft that it hopes will reduce China’s reliance on foreign aircraft and challenge the global duopoly enjoyed by Airbus and Boeing. It is a lofty goal.

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