The ARJ21-700 has finally entered service. COMAC celebrated the delivery of the first model of the Chinese regional jet (serial number 106) to Chengdu Airlines. Chengdu Airlines will operate its new aircraft between the main cities of its network (Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Beijing). The airline ordered 30 aircraft.
The ARJ21 program was launched in 2002, with first flight of the prototype in 2008 and certification (by the Chinese authorities) came in December 2014 . Since then the ARJ21 had undertook demonstration flights (for six months). Five prototypes participated in the certification program accumulating 5,258 flight hours with 2,942 cycles (demonstration flights excluded).