China’s Comac enters market to challenge Airbus and Boeing

The Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (Comac) has announced a launch order of up to 100 aircraft for its C919 narrowbody. Chinese carriers Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Chinese lessor CDB Leasing Company (CLC) and GECAS are the launch customers, says Comac at Airshow China 2010 in Zhuhai.

Comac C919

Half of the 100 orders are firm while the remaining are options, says Comac general manager Jin Zhuanglong. Air China, China Southern and China Eastern have ordered up to 20 C919s each, he adds. He did not give a detailed breakdown for the remaining orders. GECAS says it has ordered up to 10 aircraft, half of which are firm orders.

“Today is a very important milestone for us. The order shows that our product has been accepted by the market,” says Jin. The C919 is scheduled to have its first flight in 2014, with entry into service in 2016. The joint definition phase is ongoing, and is scheduled to wrap up early next year following a design review at the end of this year.

Comac says it aims to complete its detailed design work in 2012, before first flight in 2014.

The C919 comes in two initial versions for 156 or 168 passengers and will compete with the Boeing 737 (next generation) and the Airbus A320. CFM will supply a version of the LEAP-X engine, the LEAP-X1C, to power the aircraft

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2 Responses to “China’s Comac enters market to challenge Airbus and Boeing”

  1. Joseph Tan Says:

    As the AIRBUS spokesperson says that the market for this 130 – 190 passengers market is sufficient to accommodate another serious player

    • ktwop Says:

      I quite agree. In fact having only 2 players is a little dangerous and unhealthy. But there is probably no room for a 4th newcomer though there may be room for a smaller existing player (Bombardier or Embraer for example) to grow.

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