China’s First Domestically Built Passenger Plane

The narrow-body, twin-engine C919 successfully took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 2pm local time (7am BST) amid much fanfare.

The single-aisle aircraft has been billed as China’s answer to the Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 as the nation aims to take on western airlines.

The C919 flight is Beijing’s first step toward independence from Boeing and Airbus as it attempts to replace all 6,000-6,800 of its western aircraft at a cost of around $1 trillion.