China’s re­gional jet air­liner makes maiden flight

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

CHENGDU—The ARJ21-700, China’s first home grown re­gional jet air­liner de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by Com­mer­cial Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion of China, made its maiden flight re­cently from Chengdu, Sichuan prov­ince to Shang­hai, in a flight op­er­ated by Chengdu Air­lines. ARJ21, short for Ad­vanced Re­gional Jet for the 21st Cen­tury, is also the coun­try’s first do­mes­ti­cally pro­duced com­mer­cial air­craft, widely re­garded as the pathfinder for the C919, China’s first lo­cally made large pas­sen­ger air­craft which rolled off the assem­bly line in Novem­ber.

“Our fi­nal goal is to achieve busi­ness and mar­ket suc­cess,” said Tian Jianbo, deputy chief de­signer of ARJ21. “The op­er­a­tion has en­tered a com­pletely new stage. We won a bat­tle, but there is still a long way to go,” said Tian. Flight safety, op­er­a­tional con­ve­nience and brand build­ing are the main ini­tial fo­cuses of the ARJ21 air­liner, Chengdu Air­lines said in a state­ment. Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the ARJ21s in the early stage will be based in Chengdu and fly to im­por­tant re­gional cities, de­pend­ing on their mar­ket po­ten­tial and pas­sen­ger vol­umes.

Chendu Air­lines is the first to op­er­ate the new air­craft. It will serve the Cheng­duShang­hai route, ev­ery Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day. “ARJ21 is safe, but not per­fect. There are some im­prove­ments that can be made, such as fuel ef­fi­ciency and comfort,” said Yang Shuan­chang, a se­nior of­fi­cial at the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, who added that at­ten­tion to de­tail by the de­vel­op­ers meant they spent sig­nif­i­cantly more time than in­dus­try norms in test flights.—Agen­cies

Flight at­ten­dants of Chengdu Air­lines take a photo in front of the re­gional jet ARJ21700 at Chengdu Shuan­gliu In­ter­na­tional Air­port in South­west China’s Sichuan prov­ince.—Xin­hua

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