Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) has handed over the first C919 aircraft to Flight Test Center of COMAC (FTCC) on the 25th of December 2016.

He Dongfeng , President of COMAC and Executive Deputy General Director of C919 Program, encouraged all personnel participating in the research and test of C919 program to continue to do their best and devote themselves to various efforts on follow-up production, scientific research and flight test with full energy and passion. He also emphasized that first priority should always be given to safety and quality to ensure that there is no risk at all.

The first test flight of China’s Comac C919 plane will most likely take place in the first quarter of 2017, Chinese media report.

The announcement has followed the certification of CFM International LEAP-1C engine by the both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the 21st of December 2016. The engine will power the 150-passenger C919 airplane.

In November 2015, the first C919 rolled out at COMAC facilities in Shanghai. More recently, COMAC successfully started the engines for the first time in early November 2016, running them for 10 minutes at ground idle power at the company’s Shanghai Pudong International Airport facility.