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A Comac C919 conducting high-speed taxiing (Photo: Comac)

COMAC C919 Secures its First Firm Orders

China Eastern Airlines, a launch customer of the COMAC C919 signed a firm order with the state-owned aircraft manufacturer on Monday to purchase five of the narrow-body aircraft, the China Commercial Aircraft Corporation (COMAC) said. The airline, which signed a letter of intent with COMAC in 2010, is expected to receive the first C919 aircraft this year once they are certified by the Chinese aeronautical authority. COMAC's Selling Points The C919, which will compete with the Boeing 737 and Airbus…

China’s OTT Airlines to Launch on Dec. 28

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, China hasn’t stopped developing its aviation industry. A brand-new carrier, OTT Airlines, will be launched on Dec. 28. However, the airline hasn't revealed any maiden flight details thus far. OTT will provide only regional services and will be based at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. OTT a…

Comac C919 Enters Final Testing Phase

Chinese aircraft manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China — shortened to Comac — has received the type inspection authorization for its C919 narrowbody aircraft, allowing it to move to the final phase of flight testing and eventual certification, FlightGlobal reports. Comac will promptly begin testing the aircraft, and it hopes…

China’s Three Major Airlines Receive First COMAC ARJ21 Aircraft

China's three largest airlines — Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines — took delivery of COMAC's ARJ21 aircraft, China’s first domestically developed regional jet, on Sunday. The  90-seater short-haul aircraft is manufactured by state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). China’s three biggest airlines are currently slated…

Potential International Partnerships Arise For Embraer After Boeing Fallout

Brazilian planemaker Embraer confirmed Monday that it has entered talks with at least two potential new partners after its previous deal with American manufacturing giant Boeing fell through. Embraer CEO Francisco Gomes Neto said that his company is negotiating with companies in China, India and “others.” The Chinese state-owned manufacturer…

Opinion: Airbus and Boeing Need to Be Wary of Comac

Recently it was announced that the three largest state-owned Chinese carriers have placed orders for the Chinese manufactured Comac ARJ21-700. The 90 seater single aisle aircraft are to be used by Air China, China Southern, and China Eastern primarily as capacity expansion and feeder flights. This is the first major…

Boeing Set to Open China Facility in December

A while back Boeing announced a company first and next month, it will come to fruition. The aircraft manufacturer will open its first foreign production line for a Boeing aircraft in Zhoushan, Zhejiang China as a result of a partnership with Chinese government-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac). 737…

Report: Genghis Khan Airlines Close to Taking First Flight

According to XinHua, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved Genghis Khan Airlines to start operations. The brand-new carrier may commence the flight operations as early as early 2019. Genghis Khan Airlines was established in 2015 and selected Hohhot Airport as their main hub. Hohhot is the capital…

China’s Comac C919 Takes off on Historic Maiden Flight

At 02:01 am Eastern Time (14:01 local) the first Comac C919 took off on its maiden flight departing from runway 34R of Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The aircraft, registered B-001A, operating under a special permit to fly by the Chinese CAA, touched back down at 15:20 pm following a one…

Boeing Begins Building a Foundation in China

This week Boeing has announced it will open a new completion center for its Boeing 737s in China. The new plant will be jointly run by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, known as Comac, and Boeing which will see the installation of interiors, painting, and ultimately the delivery of the narrow…