C919. Courtesy, COMAC

China’s Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co, a subsidiary of China’s bank of Communications, has placed a firm order for 30 Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) C919s.

COMAC now has 195 orders for C919s. In October, Sichuan Airlines ordered 20 aircraft and ICBC Financial Leasing Co. placed 45 firm orders. (ATW Daily News, Oct. 25).

Other customers for the 150-seat aircraft include Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, China Development Bank Leasing Company and GE Capital Aviation Services.  

COMAC marketing director Chen Jin said Wednesday that the company is negotiating with some foreign companies and expects more new orders this year. Ryanair is reported to be one potential customer.

COMAC says the C919 will enter final design definition phase this year. Detailed design will be completed in 2012 and first flight is slated for 2014.Type certification is expected by 2016, followed soon after by first delivery. By 2020, COMAC expects to produce 150 C919s annually.