Do 168 seats a jumbo jet make? Not by the usual widely accepted definitions. And a check through Google shows that a jumbo aircraft is seen as a twin aisle aircraft with double that capacity.
China Commercial Aircraft Corporation disagrees with the nomenclature and will begin to accept orders for China-made C-919 (and here comes that phrase) jumbo jets next year.
This according to Wu Guanghui, vice general manager and jumbo passenger aircraft designer at the corporation.
The C-919 jumbo jet will be put into operation in late 2014 and the first batch of aircraft will be delivered to customers in 2016.
Wu said he believes that China-made jumbo jets have good market prospects. A number of domestic and overseas enterprises have already expressed their intention to order the aircraft. Wu said, "We are confident that China’s aviation market and even the global aviation market will soon recover. We estimate that the market will demand over 2,000 China-made jumbo jets in the next two decades."
The entry-level C-919 jumbo jet will have 168 seats and a design life of 90,000 flight hours, equivalent to 30 years.
People’s Daily Online said that according to reports, the C-919 jumbo jet will consume 12 to 15% less fuel than similar aircraft and will be quieter than the maximum noise level stipulated by International Civil Aviation Regulations and airworthiness standards.