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ARJ21 makes maiden commercial flight from Chengdu to Shanghai

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06-29-2016 04:04 BJT

Domestic air travel in China is taking off to new heights. The country's first domestically produced regional jet, the ARJ-21, has made its first commercial flight from Chengdu to Shanghai.

Stewardesses pose for a photo in front of Chengdu Airlines

Stewardesses pose for a photo in front of Chengdu Airlines' ARJ21 in Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, June 28, 2016. ARJ21, manufactured by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC), made its maiden commercial flight from Chengdu to Shanghai Tuesday. The domestically-designed airliner is China's first regional jet manufactured according to international standards. (Xinhua/Liu Kun)

Ready for take off.  The ARJ-21, is making its maiden commercial flight from Chengdu. This marks the entry of the first Chinese-designed commercial jet into service.

The Chengdu Airlines flight departed Tuesday morning with 70 passengers onboard.  It landed in Shanghai two hours later, and then made the return to Chengdu.

The jet can seat 90, and has a range of 2,000 kilometers, making it ideal for domestic flights.

"It fills the gaps in China's jet industry over the past 20 years, in sectors such as research and development, marketing and mass production, product resources and customer service," ARJ-21 chief designer Wu Xingshi said.

The ARJ-21 program started in 2002.  The first test flight was 6 years later.  5,000 hours of test flights were conducted to ensure safety before the jet was put into commercial use.

"This is the longest record in the world. Passenger safety is vital. We mustn't lower the bar on standards," Chief test pilot Zhao Peng said.

The ARJ-21 will be flying round trips from Shanghai to Chengdu every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  A second ARJ-21 is expected to be delivered to Chengdu Airlines in August.

Panda mascots pose for a photo in front of Chengdu Airlines

 

Panda mascots pose for a photo in front of Chengdu Airlines' ARJ21-700 in Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, June 28, 2016. ARJ21, manufactured by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC), made its maiden commercial flight from Chengdu to Shanghai Tuesday. The domestically-designed airliner is China's first regional jet manufactured according to international standards. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)

 

Chengdu Airlines ARJ21-700 prepares for takeoff at Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China

 

Chengdu Airlines ARJ21-700 prepares for takeoff at Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, June 28, 2016. ARJ21, manufactured by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC), made its maiden commercial flight from Chengdu to Shanghai, east China, on Tuesday. The domestically-designed airliner is China's first regional jet manufactured according to international standards. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)

 

Reporters work inside Chengdu Airlines ARJ21-700 at Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China

 

Reporters work inside Chengdu Airlines ARJ21-700 at Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, June 28, 2016. ARJ21, manufactured by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC), made its maiden commercial flight from Chengdu to Shanghai Tuesday. The domestically-designed airliner is China's first regional jet manufactured according to international standards. (Xinhua/Liu Kun)

 

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