September 29, 2017 / 9:32 AM / 9 months ago

China's C919 jet could do third test flight 'within days' - executive

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s domestically-developed C919 passenger jet is likely to take its third test flight within days or up to two weeks, a senior Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC) [CMAFC.UL] executive told reporters on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: A model of a C919 airliner by Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) is displayed at China Beijing International High-tech Expo in Beijing, China June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

The narrow-body C919, which will compete with Boeing Co’s (BA.N) 737 and the Airbus SE (AIR.PA) A320, completed its second test flight on Thursday, almost five months after its maiden flight earlier this year in May.

Shi Jianzhong, COMAC Vice President, said a number of issues relating to the plane’s technology and its engine had led to the lengthy gap between the C919’s first and second flight.  

“We were being cautious,” he said, speaking at an event to announce the naming of a separate wide-body jet being developed by China and Russia, which will be called the CR929. 

Reporting by Brenda Goh; Writing by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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