ZHUHAI -- Comac's C919 narrowbody is set for its mega debut here at Air Show China with orders from six launch customers, including GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
While the total size of the order has not yet been disclosed, Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Chinese lessor CLC and GECAS are lined up to be the first customers for the 160-seat, CFM Leap-X-powered jetliner.
China's domestic market is forecast to be the fastest growth market on the planet with 7.9% year-over-year average growth between 2009 and 2029, according to Boeing. Seventy-one percent, or 3,090 of the 4,330 aircraft needed in China over the next two decades are estimated to be narrowbodies supporting the intra-China market.
An official announcement is expected at 10:30 AM local time here in Southern Eastern China.