China's first domestically-developed regional ARJ21-700 jet has successfully made a trial flight of 1,300 kilometers.
It took the jet about two hours to fly from Shanghai to Xi'an, the capital of northwestern China's Shaanxi Province, on Wednesday. The jet left its production site in Shanghai and flew to the Xi'an-based Chinese Flight Tests Establishment of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.
That's the country's only institute qualified to issue flight certificates for military aircraft, helicopters, aircraft engines or other aircraft equipment. The jet is expected to make further trial flights before gaining approval certificates from the CFTE.