China certifies COMAC to mass produce ARJ-21 regional jets: Xinhua

File photo: Models of an ARJ-21 jet is presented by COMAC at an air show, the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, in Zhuha

BEIJING (Reuters) – Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC) [CMAFC.UL] has received approval to begin mass production of its ARJ-21 jet, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on its social media account on Sunday.

The state-owned plane maker received a production certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the news agency said.

Shanghai-based COMAC last year said that orders for the twin-engine jet had reached 413 from 19 customers.

COMAC is also developing a bigger C919 jet as part of its efforts to compete against Boeing <BA.N> and Airbus <AIR.PA> in the lucrative narrow-body market. The C919 had 24 customers and 600 orders, COMAC said in June.

(Reporting By Matthew Miller and Fang Cheng; Editing by Himani Sarkar)