(Above: COMAC showcases a full spectrum of homemade airliners at Airshow China 2016)
The C919, China's first homegrown large passenger plane, on Tuesday netted another 30 orders from Everbright Financial Leasing Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China Everbright Bank Co Ltd, lifting its total orders to 600.
On Tuesday, the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd, the manufacturer of the C919, signed an agreement with Everbright Financial Leasing in Beijing. So far, the C919 has received orders from 24 Chinese and overseas clients, and China Eastern Airlines will be the first to take the delivery.
Zhang Jinliang, president of China Everbright Bank Co Ltd, said the research and development of large commercial aircraft in China is a critical move to meet the surging demand for domestic and international civil aviation transportation. COMAC Chief Accountant Tian Min said his company had received the trust and support from Everbright Financial Leasing and others since the initial development of the C919.
Founded in 2010, Everbright Financial Leasing is registered in Wuhan, Hubei province. Its parent, China Everbright Bank Co Ltd, holds 90 percent of the company's shares.