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ARJ-21 Enters Service 10 Years Late

The COMAC ARJ-21, China's first passenger jet, entered service today with Chengdu Airlines.  The 78-90 passenger aircraft, originally scheduled to enter service in 2006, has finally entered revenue service.  The Advanced Regional Jet was designed nearly 15 years ago,...

Is China’s aircraft manufacturing standing still?

An old Chinese saying goes "Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still".   Perhaps these words help Chinese aerospace managers deal with more delay news. Let's start with the ARJ21, which was first scheduled to enter service 7 years ago in 2009. ...

Premium #128 – Farnborough Expectations

Next week is the biggest air show of the year. The industry looks forward to it because so much news is announced that it sets the tone for the rest of the year. Big picture: There are no blockbuster announcements expected at the show in terms of new programs or new...

First Production ARJ-21 Takes Flight

The first production ARJ-21, serial number 105, has taken its first test flight in Shanghai.  The aircraft is destined for launch customer Chengdu Airlines early next year, which has 30 on order.  The ARJ-21-700 will seat between 70-95 passengers, depending on...

Premium #128 – Farnborough Expectations

Next week is the biggest air show of the year. The industry looks forward to it because so much news is announced that...