China on Saturday said it has successfully conducted the test flight of its first country made jumbo air-freighter, capable of handling various air transportation tasks.

The Yun—20, or Transport—20, is a huge, multi—function air-freighter which can perform various long—distance air transportation tasks targeting cargo and passengers, state—run Xinhua news agency reported.

The successful maiden flight of Yun—20 is significant in promoting China’s economic and national defence buildup as well as bettering its emergency handling such as disaster relief and humanitarian aid, it said.

The giant aircraft will continue to undergo experiments and test flights as scheduled, the report said.

(This article was published on January 26, 2013)
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