C919. Courtesy, COMAC

Sichuan Airlines (3U) has placed a firm order for 20 Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) C919s. According to COMAC, the aircraft should receive type certification by 2016, followed shortly thereafter by first delivery.

Last week, ICBC Financial Leasing Co., a subsidiary of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, ordered 45 C919s (ATW Daily News, Oct. 21).

COMAC has received 165 orders for the C919, which will enter the final design definition phase this year. Detailed design will be completed by 2012 and first flight is slated for 2014.

Last month, Shijiazhuang-based Hebei Airlines took over stakeholder 3U’s Embraer fleet, comprising five E-145s (ATW Daily News, Sept. 27). As of Sept. 30, the Chengdu-based carrier’s fleet totaled 62—mainly Airbus—aircraft.