With maiden jet flight, China enters dog-fight with Boeing, Airbus

May 5, 2017 By Jackie Cai and Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s home-grown C919 passenger jet completed its long-delayed maiden flight on Friday, a major first step for Beijing as it looks to raise its profile in the global aviation market and boost high-tech manufacturing at home. Under overcast skies, the white, green and blue aircraft, with “C919” emblazoned on its tail, touched down at Shanghai’s international airport after an 80-minute flight to cheers from thousands of dignitaries, aviation workers and enthusiasts. The jet is a symbol of China’s…

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