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BOC Aviation orders 20 China-made jumbo jets

By Yu Jinghao (People's Daily)

16:47, February 16, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Singapore-based aircraft leasing company BOC Aviation placed an order for 20 C919 aircraft from China's state-owned plane maker Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) at the Singapore Air Show on the morning of Feb. 14.

This deal will increase the total orders for the China-made jumbo jet to 235 units, and make BOC Aviation the eleventh customer of the C919.

According to an article published on, a much talked-about mission to create China's own civil aircraft business is aiming to challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus in the Chinese aviation market. The vanguard of the Chinese project is the C919, a single-aisle, 168-seat plane set to rival Boeing's 737 and Airbus' A320.

Jin Zhuanglong, chairman of COMAC, said that the C919 project has gone smoothly, and entered the detailed design phase. The plane is expected to make its test flight in 2014, and be delivered starting 2016.

The C919 is designed in accordance with international standards, and great efforts have been made to ensure its safety, cost-effectiveness, comfort, and eco-friendliness. COMAC expects the C919 to be a strong rival of Airbus' and Boeing's aircraft.

Reuters reported that increasing personal wealth and income are boosting air travel in China, and making the country's skies increasingly crowded.

The news agency cited Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, as saying that China will need 5,000 new commercial aircraft over the next 20 years to fulfill the needs of the country's burgeoning jet set as it becomes the world's second largest market for new aircraft deliveries, only behind the United States.


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wende at 2012-02-1771.255.83.*
I just hope CAAC puts more emphasis on quality, service and parts rather than price. There is no need to undercut the price too much and use the revenue for the more important items as I mention.
Casey135 at 2012-02-1798.119.227.*
The C919 is a narrow body small airliner, not a jumbo jet.

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