China has developed the aircraft as part of its drive to modernize its military, local media reported.
China to Deliver World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft by 2022
China expects to deliver its domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, to customers by 2022, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported late on Sunday.
“We are endeavoring to get the airworthiness certification from the civil aviation authorities by 2021, and deliver it to the customers by 2022,” Xinhua quoted Huang Lingcai, the plane’s chief designer at state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
"After its successful maiden flight in December last year, we are planning a ferry flight from its research base in Zhuhai to Jingmen, central China's Hubei Province, in July," he said.
China developed the AG600 as part of a drive to modernize its military, amid a more muscular approach to territorial disputes in places like the South China Sea, Xinhua reported.
It made its maiden flight in China in December. Huang also said the aircraft would make more flights this year, including its first takeoff from water.
According to Xinhua, AVIC has spent about eight years developing the aircraft.
In December, state media said that the aircraft had received 17 orders so far from Chinese government departments and Chinese companies.