The Chinese answer to the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320 families, the COMAC C919 narrow-body aircraft, has begun high-temperature testing in Turpan, China, reported local media.

The C919 arrived in Turpan Jiaohe Airport (TLQ) on June 28, and began its month-long testing period on June 30, 2020. TLQ was chosen as the testing facility for its hot weather environment. The airport is located in Xinjiang, a desert-filled region in the country’s North-West.

In a recent update on the C919’s status in May 2020, the chief designer of the narrow-body indicated that the COMAC C919 amassed over 800 orders from 28 different airlines. The jet is set to enter service in late-2021 or early-2022 with OTT Airlines, a newly-established China Eastern Airlines subsidiary company. OTT Airlines is set to only operate aircraft that are made in the country.

During the ongoing annual top-level political event in China, the Two Sessions, the chief designer of Chinese-built C919 airliner updated that development of C919 is proceeding in an orderly manner ac

Currently, six prototype aircraft are undergoing flight testing. Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) 102 was spotted flying into Xinjiang from Yinchuan Hedong International Airport (INC) on June 28, 2020, data indicates. The COMAC-made jet (registered B-001C) first joined the flight testing campaign in December 2017.

With the rumored possibility of Unites States blocking General Electric exporting the LEAP-1C engine that powers the COMAC C919, could it be a display of soft power from the Trump administration?
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