China’s COMAC Secures Order for 330 Aircraft at Airshow China 2022

A COMAC C919 climbs after takeoff
Photo Credit: COMAC

LONDON – The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) has secured orders for the supply of 330 aircraft, including 300 of its new C919 aircraft.

The deals took place at the Airshow China 2022 which is currently taking place in Zhuhai in the southern Guandong Province.

leasing companies signed orders to buy 300 new C919 planes and 30 ARJ21 aircraft with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) on Tuesday at the ongoing Airshow China 2022 in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province, COMAC told the Global Times.

COMAC told Chinese news source the Global Times that it has purchase orders for 300 C919 aircraft and a further 30 orders for its ARJ21 regional jet aircraft.

The orders were brokered with several leasing companies which include China Development Bank Leasing, ICBC Leasing, CMB Financial Leasing, BOCOM Leasing, CCB Financial Leasing, SPDB Financial Leasing and Jiangsu Financial Leasing, with the top five companies each buying 50 C919 planes, according to news media reports. 

C919 certification

The locally developed C919 passenger aircraft has only recently received its type certification, as reported by AviationSource after the Chinese civil aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Administration of China approved the certification in September.

First deliveries of the C919 are set to commence at the end of the year, and this follows an 11-year programme which has placed the new model to compete with high profile manufacturers Airbus and Boeing

The type certification also marked a key milestone in China’s ability to achieve airworthiness certification of large airliner aircraft in line with international benchmarks and standards.

About the COMAC C919

The C919 is a narrow-body airliner developed by the Chinese state-owned aircraft manufacturer COMAC. The development program was launched in 2008.

Production of the prototype began in December 2011, with the first prototype being ready on 2 November 2015 and having its maiden flight on 5 May 2017.

Powered by two International LEAP engines, the aircraft has comparable dimensions to the Airbus A320. In standard configuration, the C919 will carry between 156 to 168 passengers across a range of approximately 3,000 miles.

About the COMAC ARJ21

The CRJ21 Xiangfeng is a 78–90 seat regional jet manufactured by the Chinese state-owned aircraft manufacturer

Development of the ARJ21 began in March 2002, the first prototype was rolled out on 21 December 2007, and made its maiden flight on 28 November 2008 from Shanghai.

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