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Travel Night and Day: FlightBlogger goes to China - IAD-SFO-HKG

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SAN FRANCISCO -- I'm heading go East. After a 5hr hop this afternoon to San Francisco, I'm picking up this Singapore Airlines 777-300ER (Flight 1) for a 14hr 30m flight to Hong Kong for Air Show China in Zhuhai. This aircraft, 9V-SWT, was handed over to SIA at the beginning of 2009 and was the 759th 777 built in Everett. It will be Monday morning by the time I arrive at Chek Lap Kok and then on to nearby Zhuhai by water shuttle.

This week will undoubtedly prove to be one for the aviation history books with the first order for the Comac C919, while it may be ceremonial, the order represents a significant step for China's ascent as a commercial aerospace aspirant. We can only hope this week will bring additional technical clarity about the aircraft as well, despite being six years from its entry into service. I'll have much more on the C919 and ARJ21 as the week unfolds. Next stop, China.

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