China aims to sell 2,000 C919 jets by 2030-Xinhua

SHANGHAI, March 5 (Reuters) – The maker of China’s C919
passenger jet aims to sell 2,000 of the planes by 2030, mounting
a challenge to U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and rival
Airbus (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research), an executive was quoted as saying on Saturday.

China’s Xinhua news agency cited Wu Guanghui, vice general
manager of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC),
as saying the company expected to sell that number of its C919
jets over the next 20 years.

The company had already received orders for 100 C919s, with
more in the pipeline for this year, Xinhua cited Wu, the jet’s
chief designer, as saying.

COMAC unveiled plans for the 200-seat C919 in late 2009,
saying it would make its maiden voyage in 2014 and start being
delivered to customers in 2016.

Wu confirmed that timeline on Saturday, Xinhua said.
(Reporting by Jason Subler; editing by Keiron Henderson)