Passengers queued up to board the aircraft on February 14th, 2017.
The first ARJ21 aircraft (Registration No.: B-3321) delivered to Chengdu Airlines was put into route operation to fly to and fro between Chengdu and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport with a stopover at Changsha on February 14th, 2017 after successfully completing the first C check, and carried about 270 person-times of passengers in the whole day. After the aircraft arrived at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Mr. Zhao Yuerang, Vice President of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), entered the cockpit to learn about the operation condition of the aircraft, and had a cordial conversation with the crew.
The dawn was just breaking at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport at 7:00 am, and an airport shuttle bus laden with more than 70 passengers came to the ARJ21 aircraft which would conduct flight EU6667. A few days ago, this aircraft completed the first global C check at Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co., Ltd. (STAECO) and was put into route operation. The aircraft took off punctually from Shuangliu Airport at 7:56 on the same day, stopped over at Changsha Huanghua Airport, and successfully arrived at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport at 12:14. After about an hour, the ARJ21 aircraft conducting flight EU6668 took off from Hongqiao Airport, stopped over at Huanghua Airport again, and punctually returned to Shuangliu Airport at 17:55.
"The flight today is very successful, the weather in Changsha and Shanghai is very good, and the passengers have enjoyed the 'appointment' with ARJ21 in the air," Attendant Liu Wanying told the reporter, "During boarding, I saw a female passenger holding a rose and looking around in the cabin curiously. When I explained to her that this is a regional jet independently developed by China, she smiled a bright smile and praised ARJ21."
This ARJ21 aircraft went through the first C check in accordance with the standards of CCAR-145 of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) at STAECO at the end of last year. This C check included not only routine C check maintenance items but also Service Bulletin (SB) retrofit work, which aims to continuously optimize and improve the aircraft and enhance the security, maintainability, economical efficiency and comfortability of the China-made new regional aircraft. The first C check of ARJ21 aircraft was successfully completed on 8th of this month.
The boarding gate was crowded with passengers on February 14th, 2017.
The aircraft landed at Huanghua Airport on February 14th, 2017.
The aircraft flew smoothly all the way on February 14th, 2017.
Mr. Zhao Yuerang took a photo with the pilot in the cockpit on February 14th, 2017.
A group photo of the crew taken on February 14th, 2017.
Appointment was made with ARJ21 on the Valentine's Day.