Air Asia and British Airways considering C919


The short-haul fleet of British Airways is currently comprised of Airbus aircraft like this one. Photo credit - Pixabay


Air Asia and British Airways have both been reported to be considering adding China's latest aircraft to their fleets.



The C919 is built by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) and offers a similar passenger capacity and range as rival aircraft made by Boeing and Airbus.

Both Air Asia and British Airways currently have large Airbus short-haul fleets. British Airways is owned by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) and so an order from the parent company could also see Comac's aircraft flying for other IAG companies such as Aer Lingus and Iberia.

If the C919 is able to break the effective duopoly of these two firms, then airlines around the world will have an extra supplier to choose from when ordering new aircraft.

This should bring the prices of airliners down, and could ultimately result in lower ticket prices for passengers.

The aircraft also competes with regional jets such as the Embraer E-Jet, an aircraft used by a number of airlines in China for smaller markets.

The C919 is seen by analysts as a major step-forward in China being able to build competitive airliners domestically.

The news comes just two weeks after we revealed that budget airline AirAsia looks set to launch flights in China after an agreement was signed with a local partner.

The airline currently operates flights in a variety of Asian countries including Malaysia, Thailand and Japan.

AirAsia already fly to China from some of these countries, but do not yet fly internally in China.

The new agreement, with local partner Everbright, will see flights start initially to and from Zhengzhou.

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News | May 15,2017


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