100 initial orders placed for China's C919 large passenger aircraft

13:22, November 17, 2010      

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The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) signed startup client agreements with six Chinese and foreign enterprises for the C919 large passenger aircraft, which was independently developed by China with proprietary intellectual property rights, on the morning of Nov. 16.

The companies are Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, CDB Leasing and the U.S.-based GECAS. COMAC acquired order forms for 100 units of the C919 aircraft, indicating that the Chinese-made large passenger aircraft has confirmed its first batch of clients.

Zhang Qingwei, board chairman of COMAC, said that the confirmation of startup clients has laid a solid market foundation for the large-scale C919 passenger aircraft to move from the research period to the engineering development period. According to the plan, the C919's preliminary designs will be completed in 2010, detailed designs in 2012, its maiden flight is scheduled for 2014 and it will acquire its airworthiness certificate and be put on the market by 2016.

The C919 large passenger aircraft is a new single-aisle and narrow-body aircraft with 150 seats. This kind of aircraft occupies the largest market share. Compared with other aircraft of the same type currently in operation, the C919 has significant advantages. It is safer, more economical, more environmentally-friendly and more comfortable, Zhang said.

The contract parties include Air China, China Eastern Airlines, and China Southern Airlines, which make up China's three key civil air transport companies. It also includes Hainan Airlines, China's fourth largest airline, CDB Leasing, China's financial leasing company with the largest registered capital and assets and the earliest company to develop the aircraft-leasing business, and U.S.-based GECAS Company, an important company in the world that specializes in the aircraft-leasing business and owns 1,450 aircraft.

By People's Daily Online


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