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COMAC ARJ21 (Xiangfeng) - China, 2016

Detailing the development and operational history of the COMAC ARJ21 (Xiangfeng) Large Regional Passenger Jet Airliner.

 Entry last updated on 9/22/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  COMAC ARJ21 (Xiangfeng)  
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Delays of the COMAC ARJ21 have pushed its arrival date well beyond the originally intended 2013 introduction year.

January 2014 - It was reported that the ARJ21 has completed its requisite severe cold test flight.

February 2014 - The ARJ21 has completed a one-night flight to achieve authority certification.

January 2015 - The ARJ21-700 has received its Chapter 25 type certificate from Chinese aviation authorities. The launch customer is set to become Chengdu Airlines when it receives its first aircraft sometime later this spring.

June 2016 - The ARJ21 (ARJ21-700) entered service with Chengdu Airlines.

July 2016 - It was announced that the COMAC ARJ21 series aircraft had officially entered service with Chengdu Airlines on June 28th. The first-flight ranged from Chengdu to Shanghai.

To date (September 2016), confirmed orders for the ARJ21 total 302 with an option for twenty more aircraft. Operators range from China and Indonesia to Myanmar and the United States (GECAS). All are of the ARJ21-700 model product.

September 2017 - COMAC confirmed plans to begin serial production of its ARJ21 series passenger hauler despite ongoing reliability issues with the design. Two ARJ21 aircraft have begun limited service with an additional five expected before year's end.

COMAC ARJ21-700 Specifications

Service Year: 2016
Type: Large Regional Passenger Jet Airliner
National Origin: China
Manufacturer(s): Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) - China / Antonov - Ukraine
Total Production: 10

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 109.78 feet (33.46 meters)
Overall Width: 89.50 feet (27.28 meters)
Overall Height: 27.69 feet (8.44 meters)

Weight (Empty): 55,116 lb (25,000 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 89,287 lb (40,500 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 2 x General Electric CF34-10A turbofan engines developing 17,057 lb of thrust each.

Maximum Speed: 540 knots (621 mph; 1,000 kph)
Service Ceiling: 39,042 feet (11,900 meters; 7.39 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

China; Indonesia; Laos; Myanmar; Republic of the Congo; United States

Model Variants

ARJ21 - Base Series Designation
ARJ21-700 - Single or 2-class with seating for 90/78 respectively.
ARJ21-900 - Single or 2-class with seating for 105/98 respectively.
ARJ21 VIP - VIP passenger transport; planned flight in 2018.

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