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)

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