HONG KONG: China’s first domestically produced massive passenger jet will conduct a flyby over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour subsequent week as a part of the plane’s first showcase outdoors the mainland.
The C919 made its maiden industrial flight in May and is vital to Beijing’s decades-long ambitions to compete with Western rivals within the air and reduce down China’s reliance on international know-how.
The jet, manufactured by the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), additionally will likely be displayed on the Hong Kong International Airport from Dec 12 to Dec 17, metropolis chief John Lee introduced on Tuesday (Dec 5).
“On Dec 16, the C919 will conduct a flyby above the Victoria Harbour. The public can together witness the first time the C919 soars above Hong Kong,” Lee mentioned in his weekly assembly with reporters.
Beijing “chose Hong Kong to be the first city for the C919 to visit outside the mainland”, he added.
COMAC’s smaller, older ARJ21 jet will even be exhibited in Hong Kong throughout the six-day interval.