Thursday, June 20, 2013

China's home made ARJ-21 jet set for delivery by 2014

China's home-made regional jet ARJ-21 will be delivered by the end of 2014, a senior official said at the 2013 Paris Air Show.

With 252 orders, the 90-seat jet will receive all the required certificates by the end of next year when the first plane will be delivered to Chengdu Airlines, Tian Ming, the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China's chief accountant, said yesterday.

Tian said the jet has completed 1,700 safe takeoffs and landings as well as more than 3,000 hours of flying.

China's first home-made C919 jumbo jet, which has won 380 orders from domestic and overseas carriers, will make its first flight in 2014, he added.

The Comac ARJ21 Xiangfeng (翔凤) is a twin-engined regional airliner. The design incorporates components from 19 major European and US aerospace suppliers, including General Electric (engine production), Honeywell (fly-by-wire system) and Rockwell Collins (avionics production).