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Comac Secures Landmark Order for 50 Planes From Tibet Airlines at Singapore Airshow

Comac Secures Landmark Order for 50 Planes From Tibet Airlines at Singapore Airshow

BY ÖYKüM GELEN February 20, 2024 0 COMMENTS

At the Singapore Airshow, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) finalized an order for 40 C919 narrowbody jets and 10 ARJ21 regional jets with China's Tibet Airlines. 

 

Tibet Airlines Airbus A319-115 aircraft | Photo: L. G. Liao, 2011

 

A Breakthrough for Comac and Chinese Aviation

 

The deal highlights the significance of China's influence on the aviation sector and is a significant step toward modernization and fleet diversity for Tibet Airlines. The C919 was certified by Chinese regulators in 2022 and initiated its commercial service with China Eastern Airlines in May 2023. Comac has secured orders from Hainan Airlines group carriers Suparna Airlines and Urumqi Air and strengthened its relationship with China Eastern.

 



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C919 and ARJ21 are both structured especially for the challenging high-altitude environments of the Tibetan Plateau with a shortened fuselage and other modifications. The deal was announced on February 20, and it became the variant's launch customer. It is a few months after Tibet Airlines and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) signed an agreement on cooperation in December 2023. The collaboration included researching and developing a shortened version of the C919, more adapted to high-altitude airports. 

 

Comac C919  and C929 Aircraft Models at the Singapore Airshow | Photo: Edgar Su/RESTOCK

 

The C919 and ARJ21 are both structured especially for the challenging high-altitude environments of the Tibetan Plateau with a shortened fuselage and other modifications. The deal was announced on February 20, and it became the variant's launch customer. It is a few months after Tibet Airlines and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) signed an agreement on cooperation in December 2023. The collaboration included researching and developing a shortened version of the C919, more adapted to high-altitude airports.

 

The updated aircraft is anticipated to have between 140 and 160 seats with a configuration for Shortened/Plateau. It will cover the issue of operating through thin air density and elevated altitudes. Lessor Henan Civil Aviation Development & Investment Group also signed six ARJ21 orders covering various types without being certain of the specifications. The six examples include emergency medical service variants and fire-fighting.

 

Signing ceremony between Comac and Tibet Airlines at the Singapore Airshow | Photo: Edgar Su/ REUTERS

 

Connecting the Tibetan Plateau

 

With this achievement, COMAC has accomplished its first time signing an agreement at an overseas event. This deal between Comac and Tibet Airlines will potentially strengthen the connection between the Tibetan Plateau, the rest of China, and beyond. Air travel through the high altitudes of the plateau will become less challenging, enhancing economic development while improving regional tourism. 

 

Liu Gang, President of Tibet Airlines, underscored the deal's significance in his speech at the signing ceremony: 

 

"The introduction of these new high-altitude-capable aircraft will significantly enhance our regional connectivity and contribute to the economic and social development of Tibet. We are proud to partner with COMAC in this pioneering project."

 

Rendering of a Tibet Airlines C919 | Photo: Twitter

 

The agreement signifies the hard work of China's aviation industry to pierce through and succeed as a growing sector. The development of C919 and the collaboration with Tibet Airlines prove China's ability to see the future necessities and innovate towards the market's specific needs. 

 

In this way, innovations could also land possible deals with countries with high-altitude problems. Comac has gotten orders for over 1,000 C919 aircraft from mostly Chinese airlines and lessors. Indonesia's TransNusa has two ARJ21 planes in its fleet, with the first flight using it in April 2023 from Jakarta (CGK) to Bali (DPS). 

 



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Öyküm Gelen
Hey there, I'm Öyküm Gelen, and I'm all about weaving stories that take you to new places. Writing is my jam, and each sentence is like a little journey on its own. But there's more to me than just words; I'm also fascinated by airplanes. Whether I'm exploring the skies in my writing or geeking out about aviation, I can't get enough of it. And guess what? I'm not just about words and wings – I'm knee-deep in the world of architecture studies. Designing structures that stand tall is my other passion. So, in the mix of storytelling, aviation dreams, and architecture plans, I'm Öyküm, bringing a blend of creativity and curiosity to the table.

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