AIRSHOW CHINA: Eastern Air Lines signs MoU to support C919 project

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A US airline carrying the legacy Eastern Air Lines brand is to sign a memorandum of understanding with Chinese airframer Comac to cooperate on the development of the C919 twinjet.

The MoU is being signed at Airshow China, alongside Comac's announcement of orders for some 50 C919s.

Under the agreement, Eastern Air Lines will assist Comac with the development of the C919. This also means that the carrier will formally consider the type as an option in future fleet decisions.

Comac will exchange information with Eastern Air Lines concerning the narrowbody on a regular basis and also incorporate the airline's suggestions into the aircraft's development, a Comac official tells Flightglobal.

Eastern Air Lines' cooperation with Comac is similar to that inked by British Airways parent International Airlines Group (IAG) earlier this year at the Farnborough air show.

Eastern Air Lines ceased operations in 1991 amid bankruptcy and labour strife. Rumours, however, have surfaced since 2008 of the airline making a comeback.