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ARJ21 aircraft operates in first regional route

Last Updated (Beijing Time):2017-12-13   Source:News Center of COMAC
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ARJ21 aircraft successfully completed the maiden trip in its first regional route of Chengdu-Shangrao on December 13th, 2017.


ARJ21 aircraft of Chengdu Airlines landed smoothly at Shangrao Sanqingshan Airport of Jiangxi Province at about 13 o'clock on December 13th, 2017, and successfully completed its operation debut at the regional airport. Thus, the route of Chengdu⇌Shangrao has become the first regional route for ARJ21 aircraft of Chengdu Airlines.

As the first short-medium range turbofan regional jet independently developed by China in accordance with international civil aviation regulations and owning independent intellectual property right, ARJ21 aircraft has 78 to 90 seats, and its range is 2,225 to 3,700 km. It can satisfy the need of opening or increasing direct flights among small and medium-sized cities, and flights from small and medium-sized cities to other cities in the country and the world through a hub airport. It can also provide more perfect, more convenient and more economical regional aviation services with more access points for small and medium-sized cities.

Shangrao Airport is a tourist-oriented civil aviation regional airport officially opened to air traffic in May this year. The landing of the ARJ21 aircraft of Chengdu Airlines indicates that Shangrao Airport has become the first regional airport for the operation of ARJ21 aircraft throughout the country. Mr. Zhang Fang, Vice President of Chengdu Airlines and the first instructor pilot of ARJ21 aircraft, lead the crew to carry out the flight.

As the first operator of ARJ21 aircraft in the world and the only operator at present, Chengdu Airlines has successively opened the routes of Chengdu⇌Shanghai Hongqiao, Chengdu⇌Changsha, Chengdu⇌Changsha⇌Shanghai Hongqiao, Chengdu⇌Jinan, and Chengdu⇌Hefei for ARJ21 aircraft. Chengdu Airlines will continue to focus on the original design intention and brand objectives of ARJ21 aircraft to plan regional, plateau and tourism routes, and gradually expand the breadth and depth of its route network, in order to create a more comprehensive and all-dimensional "bridge" for B&R cities while completing the successful commercial operation of Chinese civil aircraft and boosting the development of the civil aviation regional market.

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