The airline company China Eastern Airlines took possession of his second COMAC C919 out of 20 expected, more than seven months after the first.
Based at the airport of Shanghai-Pudongthe Chinese company organized on July 14, 2023 in the aircraft manufacturer’s facilities in Zhuqiao a ceremony for the arrival of its second C919, registered B-919C and configured as the first to accommodate 8 passengers in Business class and 156 in Economy 164 seats). The single-aisle aircraft joined the China Eastern base on Sunday morning for domestic operations in Shanghai-Hongqiaoand should enter service as early as Wednesday according to Flightradar24 on the way to Chengdu-Tianfu – on which currently operates the first C-919.
The alliance company SkyTeam would have according to the official press “worked closely with COMAC to ensure that the delivery goes smoothly”. As of July 12, its first copy would have made a total of 87 commercial flights, including on the Beijing-Shanghai route and 85 trips on the one linking Shanghai to Chengdu “with an average load factor of nearly 80%. A total of 11,905 passengers were transported during its 250.1 hours of flight.
China Eastern would now have “eight qualified captains, 46 cabin crew members, 16 maintenance personnel and a logistics support team of more than 100 people” dedicated to the C919. According to the airline, 21 pilots and a group of support personnel are also undergoing qualification training.
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