Fri May 5, 2017 11:44PM
China's indigeneously developed COMAC C-919. (Photo by AFP)
China's indigeneously developed COMAC C-919. (Photo by AFP)
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China has made a giant push in becoming a global aviation player by test-flying its first ever home-built passenger jet.

The maiden flight took off at Shanghai Pudong International Airport Friday at around 6 GMT. It marked a milestone for the C-919 aircraft that had been plagued by delays numerous times in the past.

The large yet narrow-bodied plane was built by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China at a reported cost of 8.6 billion dollars. It has more than 150 seats and a range of over 4000 kilometers.

The aircraft is expected to compete with the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 passenger planes and fly China to the top of the lucrative global jet market.