China Southern, the nation's largest air carrier, received its second domestically developed ARJ21 in Shanghai on Wednesday.
The jet entered the fleet of the Guangzhou-based carrier through finance leasing. It was rented by an aircraft leasing company founded by China Southern at the China (Hainan) Free Trade Pilot Zone, marking the first China-made aircraft leasing project of the newly unveiled FTZ.
China Southern plans to take delivery of another ARJ21 by the end of the year and 35 ARJ21s will be part of the airline’s network by 2024.
The second ARJ21 will be initially deployed at its headquarters in Guangzhou. It will be shifted to flights to Beijing Daxing International Airport, another base of the carrier, after accumulating enough operation experience, the airline said.
China Southern has deployed its first ARJ21n daily flights between Shanghai’s Pudong airport and Jieyang in south China’s Guangdong.
China Southern took delivery of its first ARJ21 on June 28 and started commercial operation on July 15.
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