Ryanair open to being C919 international launch customer
Ryanair confirmed it would consider being the international launch customer for the C919 (Bloomberg, 25-Jull-2011). The carrier signed an MoU with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to participate in discussions on the development of the C919 aircraft for Ryanair, which would be designed to carry up to 200 passengers and should be available from 2018 onwards. Ryanair will share its experience and expertise to assist COMAC to develop the new aircraft. At the time, the carrier stated a 200-seat C919 would enable Ryanair to lower costs and continue to lower fares for its passengers across Europe.