The C919 is designed to be a domestic competitor to Airbus and Boeing, which provide most of China’s civilian passenger aircraft.
Designed to compete directly with the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus 320neo families, the C919 aircraft programme has faced a range of technical issues and tougher US export controls after being launched in 2008.
The launch customer is the state-owned China Eastern Airlines, which has placed an order for five C919 jets in March last year.
Changjiang Daily, a newspaper owned by the provincial government of Wuhan, said in a report on July 8 the airline is scheduled to take the first delivery in August.
Although assembled in China, the plane relies heavily on US and European components, including engines and avionics.
- Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell