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China shows off its C919 passenger jet with fly-by of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour

HONG KONG – China displayed its aircraft-manufacturing credentials by conducting a fly-by of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour with a domestically made passenger plane designed to take on Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies.

Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, the official name of planemaker Comac, flew its C919 jet around the harbour in two loops on the morning of Dec 16, going as low as 213m, according to FlightRadar24’s live data.

The last major new aircraft to do a low-altitude Victoria Harbour fly-by was an Airbus A380 in 2007.

Comac says it has received 1,061 orders for its C919. Only three are operating commercially so far, domestically in China. The state-run company also showcased its smaller ARJ-21 aircraft in Hong Kong during the week. BLOOMBERG

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