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  • When 100 "Orders" Really Isn't
    Posted by Joe Anselmo 6:23 PM on Nov 16, 2010

    As it strives to become a formidable competitor in commercial aircraft, China’s Comac needs to work on industry jargon. At the Zhuhai air show, Comac announced that it has received 100 initial “orders” for its new narrowbody jet, the C919. That figure was picked up by news outlets around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the BBC, Marketwatch, ABC News and China's People's Daily.

    But as Aviation Week Beijing bureau chief Brad Perrett reports, the firm 919 orders total no more than 55, “a surprisingly small figure that includes a mere five for each of China’s big state airlines.” Perrett says the order book for Comac’s ARJ21 regional jet also is inflated by “orders” that are really options, “possibly due to a mistake in translation.”


    Tags: tw99, zhu10, comac, China

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