December 4, 2022

A state-owned Chinese airliner, set up to compete with Boeing and Airbus, says it has won orders for 300 of its first long-haul jets from Chinese leasing companies.

Orders for the single-aisle C919 were received Thursday from Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China announced during the Zhuhai Air Show in southern China. COMAC also announced 30 orders for its ARJ21 short-haul jet.

COMAC was founded in 2008 as part of the government’s effort to transform China into a creator of profitable technologies and reduce dependence on foreign products.

The C919, intended to compete with the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, has a 158-168 seat layout and a range of 4,075 to 5,555 kilometers (2,530 to 3,450 miles), according to the manufacturer. The aircraft completed its maiden flight in May 2017.

Recent buyers include leasing units from Bank of China Ltd., Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. and China Construction Bank Ltd.

Ahead of Thursday’s sale announcement, COMAC said it had received 815 orders for the C919 from 28 customers. Most are Chinese, but COMAC has also announced orders from Thailand’s GE Capital Aviation Services and City Airways.

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