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Chengdu Airlines marks the first anniversary of safe operations of ARJ21

China's jet enters a new stage of market operation

Last Updated (Beijing Time):2017-06-28   Source:News Center of COMAC
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The first ARJ21 aircraft entered into route operation on June 28th, 2016.


Chengdu Airlines marked the first anniversary of the demonstration operation of ARJ21 aircraft on the June 28th, 2017. In the past year, the two ARJ21 aircraft of Chengdu Airlines have carried nearly 15,000 passengers, with a passenger load factor of about 90%. This is a milestone in the history of the development of China's civil aircraft, which indicates the initial success of the demonstration operation of China's civil aircraft ARJ21, and means that China's jet enters a new stage of market operation.

The first ARJ21 aircraft of Chengdu Airlines completed the first flight from Chengdu to Shanghai on June 28th, 2016. Currently, Chengdu Airlines has received two ARJ21 aircraft, operating 16 sectors in 5 days weekly. The two aircraft fly round trips between Chengdu Shuangliu Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport with a stop-over at Changsha Huanghua Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and fly round trips between Chengdu Shuangliu Airport and Changsha Huanghua Airport every Monday and Friday.

Since its foundation in 2010, Chengdu Airlines has comprehensively participated in the development and manufacture of China's civil aircraft, set up and perfected risk management system and technical support system, tried to set up unique service mode and suitable commercial mode for China's civil aircraft, strengthened communication and coordination with Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), and dedicated themselves to building a test base, operation base, practical training base, technical support base and demonstration base of China's civil aircraft. So far, Chengdu Airlines has 8 captains who have completed the training and type rated on the ARJ21, 52 attendants, 55 maintenance workers and 30 navigational workers who have completed ARJ21-700 aircraft type training and obtained operation qualifications.

Chengdu Airlines says that as the type enters mature operations, it will deploy and arrange ARJ21 on regional, high altitude and leisure routes closely centering on the original design intention and brand objective of ARJ21 aircraft to show the good performance of ARJ21 aircraft on the routes and increase its market acceptance. As the fleet increases, it will also expand the type's operations to tier II and tier III cities, thus to radiate key and attractive cities in China and lay the foundation for it to open up international market.

During the demonstration operation of ARJ21 aircraft over the past year, COMAC has upheld the principle of "Customer Focus", set up 24/7 rapid response service mechanism, made continuous design optimization to ARJ21 aircraft, and provide proactive service, to ensure the aircraft's safe and smooth operations. Meanwhile, to meet the demand of Chengdu Airlines' demonstration operation and development, COMAC has formed an ARJ21 Chengdu demonstration operation technical support team stationing on Chengdu front line to provide technical support and maintenance & repair services. Foundation stone laying ceremony of COMAC Civil Aircraft Demonstration Industrial Park, a customer service base which faces to Southwest and Northwest China and radiates Southeast Asian, was officially held in Chengdu Shuangliu Airport in 2015. It is planned to build a maintenance hangar, a special garage, a fuel and chemicals warehouse, a material depot, a production command center, an operation management center, etc. After construction, this industrial park will be committed to forming four business segments, i.e. flight simulation training, aircraft maintenance, material support and engineering support, constructing an omnibearing supporting system, and providing support and service for the commercialized operation of China's civil aircraft.

Chengdu Airlines has ordered 30 ARJ21 aircraft in total, it is scheduled to take delivery of another five within the year, and the remaining 23 aircraft on order will be delivered over the next five to six years. In the future, Chengdu Airlines will center on the overall goals of ensuring the safe operation of China's civil aircraft and realizing successful commercial operation of China's civil aircraft, pay attention to matching the improvement of comprehensive support capability with the development speed of ARJ21 fleet, unceasingly accumulate ARJ21 aircraft operating experience, and build the whole industrial chain of China's civil aircraft together with COMAC.


The second ARJ21 aircraft was delivered to Chengdu Airlines on September 29th, 2016.


ARJ21 aircraft obtained type certificate from the Republic of Congo on December 7th, 2016.


ARJ21 aircraft completed the first C check on February 8th, 2017.


ARJ21 aircraft ushered in the 10,000th passenger on April 22nd, 2017.


A civil aircraft designer proposed on ARJ21.


Pilots of Chengdu Airlines gave thumbs up for ARJ21 aircraft.


Five ARJ21 gathered at the final assembly base in June 2017.

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