China Certifies ARJ-21 Regional Jet Production

July 10, 2017

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China's Commercial Aircraft Corporation (COMAC) has received regulatory approval to produce the ARJ21 Advanced Regional Jet.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) awarded a production certificate for the jet which had its first flight in November 2008. The certificate allows COMAC to deliver the ARJ21 to customers for commercial service.

Chinese type certification of the ARJ21 was granted in December 2014, with first delivery to Chengdu Airlines in June 2016. The airline has flown a limited number of flights with the aircraft since then.

Chengdu is expected to receive five more ARJ21s later this year. It currently has two ARJ21-700s in its fleet, with another 28 on order.