COMAC received 815 orders for its first commercial long-haul airliner

C919Chinese aircraft manufacturer corporation COMAC received more than 815 orders for its first commercial long-haul airliner. This week, COMAC received orders for another 30 aircraft C919 from domestic leasing firm. Currently the whole production of the aircraft manufacturer is bought by 28 Chinese and foreign customers.

The total received orders until now are 815, while COMAC plans to produce more than 2,000 aircraft from that type. The C919, a 158-seat standard narrow-body airliner, is intended in its first version mainly for Chinese operators.

The first C919 passenger jet had completed its maiden flight in May 2017, while a second model carried out its inaugural test flight in December. According to COMAC, a total of six C919 aircraft will be flight tested before they start commercial operations in 2020.

The C919 is a narrow-body aircraft, similar to over half the commercial planes currently active worldwide, and can accommodate between 158-174 passengers, with a range of 4,075-5,555 km. The C919 passenger jet, China’s bid to rival Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320, completed its first long-distance flight in November last year.