The Chinese manufacturer announces 300 orders for a new airliner

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese state-owned commercial aircraft maker, created to try to compete with Boeing and Airbus, said it has secured orders for 300 of its first long-range jetliners from companies Chinese leasing.

Orders for the C919 single-aisle aircraft were announced Thursday by Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China during the Zhuhai Air Show in southern China. COMAC also announced 30 orders for its shorter-range ARJ21 jet.

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BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese state-owned commercial aircraft maker, created to try to compete with Boeing and Airbus, said it has secured orders for 300 of its first long-range jetliners from companies Chinese leasing.

Orders for the C919 single-aisle aircraft were announced Thursday by Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China during the Zhuhai air show in southern china. COMAC also announced 30 orders for its shorter-range ARJ21 jet.

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

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

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

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

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