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China Eastern Airlines received the third C919 aircraft, and netizens questioned the production speed

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China Eastern Airlines received the third C919 aircraft, and netizens questioned the production speed

In the recent news, we saw the news that China Eastern Airlines (CEA) has taken delivery of its third C919 large passenger aircraft. This event is not only a milestone for China's civil aviation industry, but also has attracted widespread social attention, especially the discussion about the production speed of C919.

China Eastern Airlines received the third C919 aircraft, and netizens questioned the production speed

China Eastern Airlines took delivery of the third C919 large passenger aircraft

The C919 is a domestically produced large passenger aircraft developed by COMAC, and its launch is seen as an important step in China's high-end manufacturing field. But at the same time, some netizens questioned the speed of the manufacturing cycle of this new aircraft.

First, let's take a look at the production of the C919. According to reports, the C919 project was launched in 2008, and the first flight was in May 2017. From the start of the project to the first flight, it took about nine years. This is indeed a bit long compared with other large passenger aircraft manufacturers in the world. The Boeing 787, for example, took only about six years to go from project launch to first flight. However, it is worth noting that the C919 is China's first self-developed large airliner and has numerous technical and engineering challenges to overcome, so such a timeline is somewhat understandable.

China Eastern Airlines received the third C919 aircraft, and netizens questioned the production speed

China's first C919 large aircraft assembly workshop

For China Eastern Airlines, the addition of C919 has undoubtedly enhanced the diversity and competitiveness of its routes. According to reports, as of October 16, 2023, China Eastern's two C919 aircraft have accumulated 1,695.48 hours of safe flight, including 1,079.02 hours of commercial operation, and carried out 368 commercial flights, with an average load factor of more than 75%, serving more than 45,000 passengers. This indicates that the C919 is performing well in commercial operation.

China Eastern Airlines received the third C919 aircraft, and netizens questioned the production speed

China's first C919 large aircraft assembly workshop

However, for ordinary people, they may be more concerned about the safety and comfort of the C919 aircraft. From this point of view, the C919's modern cabin design, energy-saving and environmentally friendly features, and spacious seat pitch can provide a comfortable flight experience. In addition, the C919 incorporates several advanced technologies, such as advanced avionics systems and efficient engines, which help ensure the safety of flight.

China Eastern Airlines received the third C919 aircraft, and netizens questioned the production speed

C919 domestic large passenger aircraft

When it comes to the speed of production, we also need to understand that aircraft manufacturing is a complex project that involves the coordination of many supply chains, especially for a completely new design aircraft model. Many parts of the C919 need to be obtained from multiple suppliers at home and abroad, which affects the production schedule to a certain extent.

To sum up, the addition of C919 is a significant progress for China Eastern Airlines and even China's civil aviation industry. Despite the issue of production speed, the C919 is a proud achievement, given its technical complexity and market potential. For ordinary people, the C919 not only represents the country's technical strength, but also provides them with more flight options and a better flying experience. With the passage of time, we have reason to believe that with the optimization of the production process and the maturity of technology, the production speed of C919 will be improved.

China Eastern Airlines received the third C919 aircraft, and netizens questioned the production speed

China's first C919 large aircraft assembly workshop

China Eastern Airlines received the third C919 aircraft, and netizens questioned the production speed