ZHUHAI, China—China unveiled a life-size mock-up of its first large passenger jet designed to compete with Boeing Co. and Airbus as one of the state companies behind it predicted that “hundreds” of orders would be placed during this week’s Zhuhai Airshow.

The orders for the single-aisle 160-seat C919 would likely come from domestic Chinese airlines and foreign leasing companies, said Zhang Xinguo, vice president of the Aviation Industry Corp. of China, a major shareholder in the plane’s maker, Commercial Aircraft Corp., or Comac.

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