China certifies domestically-manufactured jet, to compete with Boeing, Airbus

China’s first domestically produced aircraft, the C919, which earned its government-issued fit-to-fly certificate on Friday, is anticipated to compete with Boeing and Airbus, but it still has a long way to go before doing so.

The 168-seat, single-aisle, medium-haul aircraft was developed by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) over the course of around 14 years, and is intended to compete with the Boeing 737 Max and the Airbus A320neo in the coming years.

The airworthiness certificate was highlighted by Chinese state media and analysts, who claimed that with Airbus being a European corporation, China is now the only other nation save the US that is capable of producing a large passenger aircraft.