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China's homegrown C919 jetliner sees surging orders while expanding regular routes

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China's homegrown C919 jetliner sees surging orders while expanding regular routes

2024-05-28 17:57 Last Updated At:19:17

One year after its first commercial flight, China's self-developed large passenger aircraft, C919, has experienced a surge in orders as it is expanding regular routes.

China's domestically developed C919 passenger jet took off at 10:32 on May 28, 2023 at the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport with some 130 passengers on board.

The 2.25-meter-high cabin aisle is spacious and comfortable for passengers, providing ample visual field ahead of them.

The plane received a water salute after touching down at the Beijing Capital International Airport at 12:31 on May 28, 2023.

Since the second day after its successful maiden commercial flight, the C919 has commenced regular commercial operations between the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport on May 29, 2023. Over the following six months, the second, third, and fourth C919 aircraft have been delivered and put into service.

The C919 commenced operation on a new route connecting the megacities of Beijing and Shanghai on January 9 this year. This marks the second regular route for the C919, following the previously launched Shanghai Hongqiao-Chengdu Tianfu route.

Chinese passenger jet C919 debuted in a flight demonstration at the Singapore Airshow in February this year.

On March 2 this year, the fifth C919 aircraft was delivered and put into service, marking the completion of China Eastern Airlines' initial batch of orders.

The flight MU2152, operated by China Eastern Airlines, took off from the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport at around 08:40 on March 8 and departed for the Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, marking the launch of the third regular route for the C919.

The sixth C919 jetliner joined the China Eastern Airlines fleet on Tuesday, indicating the acceleration of commercial operation of China's homegrown large passenger aircraft.

This came one year after the first commercial flight of C919 was made.

The aircraft, delivered to China Eastern on Monday, landed at the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on Tuesday morning after a short flight from Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

As of May 27, China Eastern Airlines' C919 fleet has completed 2,181 commercial flight trips, accumulating 6,090 safe flight hours and transporting more than 276,000 passengers.

More than 1,000 orders have been placed worldwide for the jet so far, according to the manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).

China's homegrown C919 jetliner sees surging orders while expanding regular routes

China's homegrown C919 jetliner sees surging orders while expanding regular routes

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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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