SHANGHAI May 5 China's home-grown C919
passenger jet took to the skies in Shanghai for its long-delayed
maiden test flight on Friday, a major step for Beijing as it
looks to boost its profile in the global aviation market.
The narrow-body aircraft, which will compete with Boeing's
737 and the Airbus A320, is a key symbol of
China's ambitions to muscle into a global jet market estimated
to be worth $2 trillion over the next 20 years.
Made by state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China
(COMAC), the C919's test flight had been delayed at
least twice since 2014 due to production issues.
(Reporting by Jackie Cai, Adam Jourdan and Brenda Goh; Editing
by Muralikumar Anantharaman)