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ARJ21 obtains the first type certificate from foreign countries

Getting the necessary condition for selling to the Republic of Congo, and beginning to enter international market

Last Updated (Beijing Time):2016-12-07   Source:News Center of COMAC
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Mr. Mokoki Gilbert (R1) granted an ARJ21 aircraft type certificate to Mr. Zhao Yuerang (L1) on December 7th, 2016.

 

ARJ21-700 aircraft obtained the first type certificate from foreign airworthiness authorities on December 7th, 2016. Mr. Mokoki Gilbert, Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation and Merchant Marine of the Republic of Congo granted an ARJ21-700 aircraft type certificate to Mr. Zhao Yuerang, Vice President of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) and General Director of ARJ21 Program on December 7th, 2016. This is the first time for ARJ21-700 aircraft to obtain a type certificate from foreign airworthiness authorities and indicates that National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) of the Republic of Congo has fully acknowledged and accepted the design approval from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for ARJ21-700 aircraft. Mr. Dzota, Director General of ANAC of the Republic of Congo, and Mr. Gu Xin, Director of Shanghai Aircraft Airworthiness Certification Center of CAAC, attended the certificate ceremony.

Mr. Mokoki Gilbert expressed that the Republic of Congo and China enjoyed a long-standing friendship, and both sides has established a strategic and cooperative partnership. This type certification was an important cooperation between the two countries in the field of civil aviation and got the full support of the people in the Republic of Congo. ARJ21-700 aircraft would be a brand new model of aircraft introduced by the Republic of Congo, and the Republic of Congo would enhance the cooperation with China to jointly promote the delivery of this model of aircraft at an early date. The Republic of Congo was willing to enhance cooperation with concerned units of China with respect to pilot training, aircraft maintenance center, etc. and provide strong guarantee for the operation of ARJ21 aircraft at an early date.

Mr. Gu Xin, on behalf of CAAC, congratulated COMAC on its success achieved in obtaining ARJ21-700 aircraft type certificate from ANAC of the Republic of Congo. He said that CAAC would continue to fully support the development of Chinese civil aircraft programs and support ARJ21-700 aircraft to go abroad and operate smoothly in the Republic of Congo; CAAC would also continue to support the continual improvement of ARJ21-700 aircraft as well as customer support and service.

Mr. Zhao Yuerang pointed out that obtaining type certificate from the Republic of Congo is the necessary condition for selling ARJ21-700 aircraft to the Republic of Congo and indicates the beginning for ARJ21-700 aircraft to enter the international market. COMAC would actively response to and firmly implement "China-Africa Regional Aviation Cooperation Plan" as well as the strategic decisions and deployments made by the governments of China and the Republic of Congo, steadfastly combine the development of COMAC aircraft programs with the development of Africa regional aviation, actively participate in the development of Africa regional aviation by researching and providing advanced civil aircraft, and constantly improve its international operation level and ability while providing service for African customers.

ARJ21-700 aircraft is a new short-medium range turbofan regional jet independently developed by COMAC in accordance with international airworthiness standards, which owns independent intellectual property right and obtained the type certificate from CAAC on December 30th, 2014. By now, two ARJ21 aircraft have been delivered to the domestic customer Chengdu Airlines and put into commercial operation, which are welcomed by the airlines and passengers.

Before the certificate ceremony, Mr. Mokoki Gilbert and his delegation visited Pudong base of COMAC Manufacturing and Final Assembly Center and learned the research and development progress of C919 program on site.

Officers of relevant departments of CAAC, COMAC and AVIC International attended the ceremony.

 

A photo of ARJ21-700 Aircraft Type Certificate (ATC).

 

Mr. Zhao Yuerang made a speech on December 7th, 2016.

 

Mr. Mokoki Gilbert made a speech on December 7th, 2016.

 

Mr. Mokoki Gilbert and his delegation visited COMAC Manufacturing and Final Assembly Center on December 7th, 2016.

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