C919 Orders Jump to 1,061, Comac’s Chairman Says
Chen Shanshan
DATE:  Sep 11 2023
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
C919 Orders Jump to 1,061, Comac’s Chairman Says C919 Orders Jump to 1,061, Comac’s Chairman Says

(Yicai) Sept. 11 -- Orders for China's home-grown C919 aircraft have risen to 1,061 and two of the planes have already been delivered, according to He Dongfeng, chairman of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China.

Following 15 years of development, Comac has developed a product lineup consisting of the ARJ21 regional jet, the C919 short- and mid-range narrow-body plane, and the C929 mid- and long-range wide-body aircraft, He said at the Pujiang Innovation Forum in Shanghai yesterday.

The new C929 is still at the preliminary design stage, He noted, adding that the plane will have between 250 and 350 seats and a range of 12,000 kilometers.

China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International, a joint venture of Comac and Russia’s United Aircraft, was formed in 2017 to research and develop a new generation of long-range wide-body planes. The pair initially named the proposed aircraft the CR929, but United Aircraft has since scaled back its involvement in the project, leading to it being called the C929.

Shanghai-based Comac also revealed that it has received 775 orders so far for its ARJ21 regional jets, and the planes have safely carried 8.6 million passengers. Indonesian airline TransNusa Aviation was the first overseas buyer, He said, and the plane is used on routes from Indonesia to Malaysia and Singapore as well as within Indonesia.

China Eastern Airlines was the recipient of the two C919s that Comac has delivered so far, with the planes currently flying on the Shanghai-Chengdu route.

Editors: Tang Shihua, Tom Litting

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