The ARJ21 and C919 jets, produced by COMAC, were ordered by yet another airline outside China, Gallop Air, which is based in Singapore, but will operate from Brunei.
The announcement of the agreement was made on September 15th and consists of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire 30 aircraft, with no models yet defined.
Gallop Air, however, said it is expected to order the ARJ21 in passenger and cargo versions as well as the new C919, an aircraft in the category of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.
The airline was created in 2021, but has not yet started services. The plan is to launch a flight network from Brunei, in support of Royal Brunei Airlines.
Just as happened with ARJ21’s first foreign customer, TransNusa, Gallop Air also has among its partners a Chinese group, Shaanxi Tianju.
The group has already announced the launch of a new carrier, Tianju Airlines and signed an LOI in 2018 for 30 ARJ21, but the project never got off the ground.
The C919 entered service in early 2023 with China Eastern Airlines, which has the only two series production jets delivered. The aircraft, for now, has only obtained Chinese type certification.