C919 Jetliner from China Featured at Singapore Airshow | Aviation

Asia’s biggest airshow is opening to the public for the first time since the onset of the COVID-pandemic in 2020. China’s C919 jetliner, manufactured by the Beijing-backed aerospace firm COMAC, is being showcased at the event. The C919 is being touted as a challenger to the A320 and the 737 MAX, manufactured by industry leaders Airbus and Boeing.

The C919 made its inaugural flight outside China at a media event ahead of the Singapore Airshow. Chinese state-run Tibet Airlines has finalized an order for 40 of the narrow-body jets, which can carry up to 192 passengers and travel up to 3,500 miles (5,644km). Despite being in commercial use in China since May, the C919 has only been authorized to fly within the country.

The air show has over 1,000 companies from some 50 countries in attendance this year, reflecting the aviation sector’s bounce back from dire business conditions during the pandemic. International air traffic has recovered to nearly 89 percent of pre-pandemic levels, with Asia-Pacific airlines seeing a significant rise in traffic compared to 2022, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) data.

In addition to the C919, other aircraft expected to be displayed at the show include Airbus’s A350-1000 and the US Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress. However, US-based Boeing is not presenting any commercial aircraft as it deals with the fallout of a near-catastrophe involving a 737 MAX 9. Russian companies that attended previous shows are also not participating this year due to the war in Ukraine.

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