China’s C919 jet soars at Singapore Airshow, securing new orders

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3rd March 2024 – (Singapore) China’s C919 narrowbody passenger jet graced the skies at an international aviation event for the first time, soaring over the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday. The event, a marquee occasion in the Asia-Pacific aviation calendar, witnessed the C919’s debut flyover at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

The state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) took the opportunity to showcase the advancements in the nation’s aeronautical engineering by featuring the C919 alongside the ARJ21 regional jet. The company expressed that this international exposure signified a milestone in the evolution of China’s commercial aircraft industry.

Comac announced the signing of an agreement with Tibet Airlines for an impressive fleet of 40 C919 and 10 ARJ21 aircraft. These jets are uniquely tailored for operations in the challenging high-altitude environments of the Tibetan plateau, with Tibet Airlines being the inaugural client for this new variant from the Shanghai-based manufacturer.

Chairman He Dongfeng of Comac was present at the Singapore Airshow to witness the formalities of the signing ceremony with Tibet Airlines. This event was a clear indication of the growing confidence in China’s aviation products on the global stage.

The C919, ambitiously positioned to rival market leaders such as Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’ A320, was not merely content to grace the skies. Comac confirmed that the aircraft, along with two additional C919s and three ARJ21s, would be on static display throughout the six-day air show. The planes are also slated for dynamic flight demonstrations, further highlighting their capabilities.