The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) is likely to announce the first order for its C919 narrowbody jet at Airshow China in Zhuhai next week.
The first customer, which could be a Chinese airline or lessor, is expected to be unveiled on 16 November, the first day of the airshow.
Comac, which has declined to comment on its C919 programme, will also feature a cabin mock-up of the aircraft at the show.
First flight of the C919 is scheduled for 2014, followed by entry into service in 2016. The joint definition phase of the aircraft is underway, with a major design review planned for year-end.
Comac, which is developing the ARJ21 regional jet as well, is also expected to announce new orders for that aircraft at Zhuhai.
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