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 ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
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.