5 JANUARY 2015
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Powered by GE’s CF34-10A, the first Chinese regional jet developed by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd (COMAC), the ARJ21 has received type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), paving the way for the aircraft’s entry into service.
China already assembles versions of the Airbus A320 but its own indigenous passenger aircraft is a major step forward.
COMAC launched the ARJ21 programme in 2002 selecting the CF34 Engine. Since then, GE and COMAC have been collaborating closely during the aircraft's detailed design and the aircraft/engine integration phases. The plane's maiden flight was in November 2008 but it was not until late December 2014 that the certification programme was completed during December
COMAC has announced 312 orders of the ARJ21, mainly Chinese airlines although this includes one for 40 from Merpati Nusantara, the long-established Indonesian regional airline. As things stand it requires a full (17,000m) runway with a range of up to 2,000 nautical miles. Cabin width is 10ft 4ins (Boeing 737 11ft 7ins – Airbus A320 12ft 2ins). http://english.comac.cc
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