China’s state-owned commercial aircraft company COMAC signed 130 new contracts for its C919 (C919) passenger aircraft on Tuesday with four Chinese aircraft charter companies, bringing its total aircraft orders to 730 from 27 customers.
The C919 is the first large passenger aircraft to be manufactured in China in accordance with international civil aviation regulations.
“These contracts are the largest deal for the C919 since it took its first flight in May,” said a statement from COMAC. “This indicates confidence in the aircraft’s capabilities.
“The marketing team of the company focuses on three major markets: the local market and the markets in Africa as well as in Southeast Asia, participating in the belt and road initiative,” said Xu Pe, vice president of marketing at COMAC. .
The C919 made its first test flight recently, landing at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport after a 79-minute flight, marking a milestone for the Chinese aviation industry, which it said guaranteed China the advanced position on the list of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers.
The two-engine and one-track aircraft, which China began manufacturing in 2006, has 168 seats and can travel 4,075 kilometers.
Fu Guohua, one of the designers of C919, noted that the plane will still undergo a series of flight tests and will not be marketed two to three years ago