Industry China's Comac signs 130 orders for C919

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China Daily reports the state-owned aerospace manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) has signed 130 new orders for its C919 passenger jet.

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Four Chinese leasing companies have placed new orders, bringing the plane's total orders up to 730 from 27 customers.

According to China Daily, ABC Financial Leasing will be the first to place a second order of 30 jets based on the 45 jets it ordered in 2012. The other three purchasers are leasing subsidiaries of China Nuclear E&C Group, Huabao Leasing and AVIC International Leasing, which signed up for 40, 30 and 30 jets, respectively.

Comac C919 during first test flight
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Almost all existing orders come from Chinese airlines or leasing companies. "Our marketing team is focusing on three major target markets, which are our home market, Africa and Southeast Asian countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative," Xu Pei, COMAC's deputy chief of the marketing division, told China Daily.

Comac C919 during first test flight
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Comac's C919 is the first Chinese narrow-body twinjet airliner with a layout of 158 to 168 seats, and a range of 4,075 to 5,555 kilometers. The first aircraft rolled out on November 2nd, 2015. On May 5th 2017, C919 made the first test flight and the introduction is planned in 2020.

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