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China’s Comac Wins 500th Pledge for Delayed State-Backed Plane

Pedestrians walk past a display for a C919 passenger aircraft at the Airshow China 2010 in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China, on Nov. 15, 2010.

Pedestrians walk past a display for a C919 passenger aircraft at the Airshow China 2010 in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China, on Nov. 15, 2010.

Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China received 57 new commitments for its C919, bringing to 500 the total number of pledges for the nation’s first large passenger jet under development.

Ping An International Leasing signed a letter of intent for 50 of the 168-seater aircraft, the state-owned planemaker known as Comac said in a statement issued at the Paris Air Show Monday. Shanghai-based Comac also signed purchase agreements for seven C919s and seven of its regional ARJ21-700 jet with Puren Airlines, a German carrier owned by China’s Puren Group.