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China's C919 jet lands successfully after maiden flight

Members of staff stand in front of China's home-grown C919 passenger jet after it landed on its maiden flight at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s home-grown C919 passenger jet landed successfully in Shanghai after an 80-minute maiden flight on Friday, a major step for Beijing as it looks to boost its profile in the global aviation market.

The narrow-body aircraft, which will compete with Boeing's BA.N 737 and the Airbus AIR.PA A320, is a key symbol of China's ambitions to muscle into a global jet market estimated to be worth $2 trillion over the next 20 years.

(Graphic: Passenger jets compared - tmsnrt.rs/2onKgHf)

Reporting by Jackie Cai, Adam Jourdan and Brenda Goh; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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