China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) (1848.HK) has bought 30 Comac ARJ-21 regional jets and signed options for 30 more in a deal potentially worth $2.3 billion, Reuters reports. The planes will be used by an unnamed Indonesian airline in which CALC’s parent, Hong Kong-based investment firm Friedmann Pacific Asset Management, plans to invest in, it added. The 78-90 seater jets would be delivered over the next five years, and Chinese state-owned planemaker Comac would set up maintenance and after-sales offices in Indonesia as part of the deal. The deal is a boost for the ARJ-21, which is more than 10 years behind its original schedule and had its first commercial flight with Chengdu Airlines in end-June.
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