Tibet Airlines and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) agreed on Sunday to work together on researching a version of China’s narrow-body C919 jet that can fly over high plateaus.
According to a statement on Tibet Airlines’ WeChat account, the vice-chairman of the Tibet area, Wei Xiuchang, said that the deal would help build passenger jets in China and protect national security and border stability.
There was no time frame given for making the new version.
Chinese media say that COMAC, which is backed by the government, recently showed off two versions of the C919 at an air show in Shanghai: a longer model that can fit plateaus and a shorter model that can fit longer ones.
People say that the C919 can compete with the single-aisle jet lines made by Airbus (AIR.PA) and Boeing (BA.N).