China's first home-grown jetliner gets very first batch of orders

09:05, November 17, 2010      

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A total of 100 orders, from home and abroad, were placed to the maker of China's first home-grown jetliner C919, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), at the Zhuhai Airshow Tuesday, according to a release by the company.

The customers, all giants in the industry like Air China Ltd., China Southern Airlines Co., China Eastern Airlines Corp., HNA Group Co. and CDB Leasing Co., and GE Capital Aviation Services all helped COMAC to secure its very first batch of customers and orders.

"The confirmation from the original launch customers creates a market foundation for the C919 large passenger plane which is smoothly moving from the research and development stage into the build stage," said Zhang Qingwei, chairman of the COMAC.

The company plans to finish the primary design of the jet by 2010; the detailed design by 2012; first test flight by 2014 and make it operational by 2016.

The 150-seat C919 is a prospective competitor to the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, particularly in the Chinese market, according to the media reports.

Source: Global Times

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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