Industry ARJ21 starts regional hub operations with Chengdu Airlines

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The Comac ARJ21 has started its regional hub aviation operations from Harbin (China) with Chengdu Airlines. Five new routes will be launched in the area of Heilongjiang.

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Flight EU2239 was welcomed at Harbin Taiping International Airport with a water salute. On its way, the aircraft stopped in Jinan and took off again in the afternoon for a round trip between Harbin and Heihe. The flights mark the start of Comac´s ARJ21 regional operations in the Heilongjiang area. The province is located in the North of China.

Both Mr. Zhang Qingwei, Secretary of the CPC Heilongjiang Provincial Committee, and Mr. He Dongfeng, Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), were on board the ARJ21 to get the first impression of the aircraft´s operations capabilities.

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Chengdu uses one of its ARJ21 aircraft from its operational base at Harbin Taiping International Airport. Five new routes will be launched at a time. The ARJ21 will be used on the longer route from Chengdu to Harbin via Jinan. Furthermore, four regional flights will start from Harbin. The destinations are Heihe, Wudalianchi and Fuyuan, as well as a flight from Fuyuan to Jiamusi.

Chengdu Airlines was the launch customer of the ARJ21 and has taken delivery of five aircraft in total. Accumulated, its ARJ21 fleet has flown more than 2600 hours, carrying 65,000 passengers.

The Heilongjiang province is important for Comac, since the manufacturer uses the area for research and development work for its aircraft. In the statement, Comac said: “The onboard ground test of nacelle anti-ice system under icing conditions and the onboard ground development test for engine fan ice shedding under icing conditions were carried out on ARJ21 aircraft in Harbin in February 2012 […] In C919 program, Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co., Ltd. (HAIG) is responsible for the research and development of the wing-to-body fairing, nose landing gear door, main landing gear door and vertical stabilizer. In December 2017 […] ARJ21 aircraft conducted route adaptability flight among seven airports in Harbin, Heihe, Fuyuan, Jiamusi, Mohe, Wudalianchi and Changbai Mountains in 19 flight days and more than 60 flights, which fully verifies the adaptability of the aircraft in extreme cold condition and conducts simulation verification to the serviceability and the operation supporting capability.”

Chengdu Airlines is a subsidiary of Sichuan Airlines and is headquartered in Chengdu, China. The carrier operates domestic passenger flights, using its base of operations at Chengdu-Shuangliu International Airport. Chengdu Airlines was founded in 2004 as United Eagle Airlines and commenced its operations in 2005. Today, the airline operates with five Comac ARJ21s, four Airbus A319 and 28 Airbus A320 aircraft. 63 destinations are being served on 120 routes.

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