The China-developed ARJ21 regional jetliner has achieved continuous progress in commercial operations, according to developer the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).
COMAC has been exploring the commercial operations of ARJ21 by developing its advantages to better meet market needs, said the Chinese commercial aircraft maker.
FLYING INTO MARKET
In joining hands with airlines, COMAC gains experience from the commercial operations of ARJ21 and optimizes its design, production and services.
As a pioneer of Chinese commercial airplanes, the ARJ21 was put into commercial service in June 2016 by Chengdu Airlines.
By now, the airline has received 21 ARJ21 planes and used them in establishing a network connecting cities across China with both trunk and regional routes.
The airline is also creating international hubs for the short and medium hauls of ARJ21, aiming to extend its network to Russia's Far East, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The move has been made through the airline's two established operational bases in Harbin and the eastern city of Weihai, and the scheduled base in south China's pan-Beibu Gulf region.
EYEING COMMERCIAL SUCCESS
The real success of a commercial aircraft model is measured by its commercial success. The ARJ21 brand is developing in the market and gaining credibility by serving more routes with more carriers.
To date, COMAC has delivered 33 ARJ21 planes. They are serving routes linking 56 cities and playing the role of express air channels among second and third-tier cites across the country. This shows that the ARJ21 has initially realized the scale of commercial operations, said the developer.
In 2020, each airline is expected to receive a total of three ARJ21 planes.
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