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China's own aircraft prepares to take off next year

Its mission is to compete with Airbus and Boeing

One step at a time: The vast 300-metre long hangar where the C919 will be put together, next to Shanghai's Pudong airport, can hold six planes at a time. - PHOTO: AFP

[SHANGHAI] The cavernous building that will house the final assembly line of China's own passenger plane is virtually empty, except for an enormous Chinese flag and slogans to rally the workers who will one day produce the C919. It is a huge engineering challenge but, if the project proceeds on