China flies 2 commercial jets to man-made island in South China Sea
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A pair of Chinese civilian jet airliners landed at a newly created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea in a test to see whether its airstrip was up to standard, state media reported Thursday. The China Daily newspaper said the two planes on Wednesday made the two-hour flight to Fiery Cross Reef from Haikou on the southern island province of Hainan. It said the test flights proved the runway's ability to safely handle large civilian aircraft. Photos showed one of the planes to be a China Southern Airlines Airbus A319-115.
Bodeen, C. (2016, January 9). China flies 2 commercial jets to man-made island in South China Sea. Manila Bulletin, p. B12.
- Manila Bulletin