14 MARCH 2011
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COMAC probably does not mean anything to the average air traveller of today, nor for a few years yet, but as the century continues it may become as famous as Boeing.
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China has big plans for the future. The manufacturer is accelerating plans for service entry of the C919, an Airbus A320/Boeing 737-700 size aircraft.
First flight is slated for 2014, followed by service entry in 2016. COMAC has gained orders so far for up to 100 C919s, powered by Chinese engines to customers Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, plus lessors CDB Leasing Company and GECAS. The C919 programme calls for entry into service in 2016. The C919 can seat 158 in a mixed-class configuration, or 168 in an all-Economy layout. www.comac.cc
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