Comac, HNA Pitch ARJ21 for African Market

State-run Chinese airframe maker Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac) has formulated several initiatives to place new ARJ21s in Africa following the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Hainan Airlines (HNA) that calls for delivery of the regional jets with African partners such as Accra-based Africa World Airlines. Comac and HNA said they would take an active role in helping African countries to build regional airline networks and carry out cooperation in areas including maintenance, materials supply, and training.

Comac and HNA already held talks on the possibility of jointly establishing an aircraft leasing company in Africa. Comac board chairman He Dongfeng said his company’s partnership with HNA will help facilitate the expansion of Chinese commercial aircraft placement…

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