ARJ21 Regional Jet
The ARJ21, short for Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century, is a new type of turbofan short-to-medium range regional jet independently designed and manufactured in China.
The standard range of the ARJ21 is 2,225 kilometers (1,380 miles). The maximum takeoff weight of the ARJ21 is 40,500 kg (89,000 lbs), and its service ceiling is 11,900 meters (39,000 feet). The model’s maximum range is 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles).
The ARJ21 is powered by two tail-mounted General Electric CF34-10A engines, and can carry up to 90 passengers in an economy-only configuration and 78 passengers in a dual-class configuration. The ARJ21’s economic life is designed to be 60,000 flying hours or 20 calendar years.
The ARJ21 offers numerous benefits to its operators, including: a larger cabin (compared to other regional jets in its class) which provides higher passenger capacity, thereby reducing flight traffic; increased utilization of airports in remote areas of China enabling airlines to operate more point-to-point routes; and a versatile design with plans to provide several variants including cargo and executive models.
On July 9, 2017, the ARJ21 program received its production certificate from the CAAC, opening it up to mass production!
Currently, the ARJ21 has 596 orders from 22 customers. To date, 23 aircraft have been delivered to operators. Chengdu Airlines, the first to fly commercial routes with the ARJ21 has 17 of the aircraft in their fleet, flying 37 routes in 38 different navigation cities. The ARJ21 reached its third year in service with Chengdu Airlines in June of 2019, having safely transported over 690,000 passengers! On October 26, 2019, the ARJ21 accomplished another major milestone with launch partner Chengdu Airlines when it completed the first international route between Harbin Taiping International Airport and Vladivostok International Airport in Russia. This new international ARJ21 route is expected to operate twice a week!
On July 28, 2019 the first two ARJ21 aircraft began service with Genghis Khan Airlines (formerly Tianjiao), and a third on September 5, 2019. Genghis Khan is the first airline to operate a purely domestic jet aircraft fleet.
And, the newest commercial operator of the ARJ21 aircraft, Jiangxi Airlines, received their first domestic aircraft on January 19, 2020!