China's COMAC C919 to Debut at Singapore Airshow, Challenging Boeing and Airbus

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Kathmandu,Nepal: China is poised to assert its prowess in the commercial aircraft manufacturing sector with the highly anticipated debut of its latest narrow-body aircraft, the COMAC C919, at the forthcoming Singapore Airshow. Scheduled from February 20 to 25, the event will feature flight demonstrations of the C919, positioning it as a formidable competitor to Boeing's 737 MAX series and Airbus' A320 family.

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Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events Pte Ltd, revealed that the C919, developed by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd (COMAC), will make its inaugural appearance at the Singapore Airshow. This marks a significant milestone for China's aviation industry, showcasing its ambition to compete on the global stage.

The C919 garnered attention with its first public display held at Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour in December last year, generating anticipation for its formal introduction to international audiences at the Singapore Airshow.

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While European manufacturer Airbus will spotlight its long-range A350-1000 wide-body aircraft, Boeing will not conduct aerial displays of its commercial airplanes, except for the B777X cabin exhibit. However, Boeing will showcase its robust defense inventory, featuring aircraft such as the F-15, P-8A Poseidon, AH-64E Apache, CH-47F Chinook, and C-17 Globemaster III, with the iconic B-52 Stratofortress participating in the flying display.

Experia emphasized that this year's Singapore Airshow will boast an impressive lineup of foreign flying teams, including debut performances by the Indian Air Force's Sarang aerobatic team and other renowned units such as the Royal Australian Air Force's Roulettes and the Indonesian Air Force's Jupiter squadron.

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The flying displays, scheduled once daily on February 20, 21, and 22, and twice daily on February 24 and 25, promise exhilarating aerial feats for spectators. However, attendees are advised to monitor the Singapore Airshow website for any updates on schedule changes.

In addition to international participants, the Republic of Singapore Air Force will showcase its prowess with aerial displays featuring the F-15SG fighter jet and the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter.

Established in 2008, the Singapore Airshow has evolved into a premier biennial event in Asia, attracting aviation enthusiasts, industry leaders, and defense professionals from around the world. Despite disruptions in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event resumed in 2022, reaffirming its significance as a platform for networking, business opportunities, and technological advancements in the aerospace sector.

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