ZHUHAI -- At a briefing and announcement at Air Show China Tuesday morning, Comac announced an order for 100 narrowbody C919 aircraft to Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Hainan Airlines, CBD Leasing and GECAS.
While foreign journalists were banned from the event hosted by state-owned aircraft maker Comac, a side door was left ajar prior to the commencement of the event. Though it was staffed with a police officer, some journalists, includling this one, were provided an unobstructed view of a marketing film for the C919 produced by Comac. Most notably was the presentation of the latest specifications of the new aircraft, but also featured six models that are planned.
These models included the single-class 168-seat (156-seat two class) baseline model, as well as stretched, shrunken, freighter, business configuration and "special" variants. With these plans revealed, Comac's six models appear to be readying for competition against Boeing's 737-700, -700C, -900ER, BBJ and Airbus A319, A321, A320P2F and ACJ.