ARJ21 from Comac just carried 5 million passengers

As OTT Flight MU5264, powered by COMAC’s ARJ21, landed at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) on July 12, ARJ21 reached an important milestone. The Chinese-made regional aircraft has now carried 5 million passengers since it entered commercial operation in 2016.

According to a news report by Xinhua, in the field of commercial aviation, transporting 5 million passengers safely is an important milestone for the type of aircraft, indicating that it has been thoroughly tested by the airline and the market and is safe and sound. Reliability has reached a certain level.

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OTT airlines received 8 ARJ21s, and put them into domestic operations. Photo: OTT Airlines

OTT Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, which will be the first customer of COMAC’s C919, a type of aircraft intended to compete with the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. China Eastern’s first C919 (factory serial number: 007) made its maiden flight on May 14, with a goal of delivery within 2022.

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Production capacity, orders and delivery at ARJ21

It has been publicly reported for the first time that Comac has already built 100 ARJ21s so far, according to a Xinhua news report.

Comac delivered its ARJ21 67 and 68 aircraft to Chengdu Airlines and China Southern at the end of last month. So there are at least 32 ARJ21s already rolled off the final assembly line (FAL), awaiting delivery.

Comac delivered its ARJ21 67 and 68 aircraft to Chengdu Airlines and China Southern at the end of last month. Photo: Chengdu Airlines

The report also states that production of the ARJ21 is now at 50 aircraft per year.

To date, Comac has 670 orders for the ARJ21 passenger jet and 70 for the ARJ21 freighter configuration from 20 different customers, although not all orders have been specified. It delivered 68 ARJ21s to nine different aviation customers.

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In order to expand its operating range, the ARJ21 completed high-altitude flight testing at Daocheng Yading Airport (DCY), the world’s highest civilian airport at 4,411 meters (14,471 feet) above sea level, in July 2020.

After being certified by the CAAC, the test result expanded the ARJ21’s flight envelope significantly, making the aircraft capable of reaching all the high-altitude airfields scattered in the western part of China, a potential market for which regional aircraft fit perfectly.

ARJ21 (103) completed high-altitude flight testing at Daocheng Yading Airport (DCY), the world’s highest civilian airport at 4,411 meters (14,471 ft) above sea level, in July 2020. Photo: COMAC

Last February, COMAC’s ARJ21 obtained a Type Approved Certificate (VTC) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DgCA), Indonesia’s civil aviation authority. This allows the ARJ21 to be operated within Indonesia in the future.

Indonesia’s TransNusa will be the first foreign company to operate the ARJ21. Aviation enthusiasts discovered the ARJ21 with TransNusa livery last December near Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), where the COMAC ARJ21 FAL is located.

The ARJ21 was spotted with Trans Nosa coating at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) last December. Photo: simple flight

ARJ21 sequencing development

The ARJ21 family has two versions: ARJ21STD (Standard Range) and ARJ21ER (Extended Range). Now all ARJ21s that have been delivered are the extended version. In addition, the ARJ21 has a business jet configuration called CBJ (COMAC Business Jet), and has been STC certified.


The ARJ21 has a business jet configuration called the CBJ (COMAC Business Jet). Photo: simple flight

According to the report, other variants of the ARJ21 will have other modifications, such as medical transport aircraft, which have already completed the modification; Configuration cargo configuration for emergency driving; Firefighting setup.

Would you fly an ARJ21 if you had the chance? How much do you think he will accomplish in the end? Does the ARJ21 have a future in Indonesia? Share your valuable thoughts with us in the comments.

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