Comac has disclosed commitments for 90 ARJ21 regional jets from two Chinese lessors, with both deals targeted at putting the Chinese aircraft with foreign customers.
One agreement involves a tripartite collaborative framework between Comac, China Aircraft Leasing (CALC) and Friedmann Pacific Asset Management. Under this deal, CALC will purchase 60 ARJ21-700s to support Friedmann's newly bought Indonesian airline and build its fleet around Comac aircraft.
CALC's executive vice-president and chief business officer Liu Wanting says the lessor will work with Friedmann to enter the ARJ21 into the international market with a competitive leasing scheme.
In a separate signing, AVIC Leasing inked for 30 ARJ21s. Comac president He Dongfeng says the manufacturer will work with the lessor and "other foreign customers" to promote the indigenous regional jet.
AVIC Leasing has in its fleet more than 200 aircraft, including the MA60 and Y-12.
Friedmann is a founding shareholder of CALC, and the two are working together to build the first aircraft disassembly centre in China.
The ARJ21 entered into service with launch customer Chengdu Airlines last month, after 14 years of development. The aircraft has however yet to gain Western certification, with most of its customers being Chinese airlines and leasing companies.