Industry Comac and HNA sign letter of intent for 20 ARJ21-700


It is the first result of the strategic cooperation between the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) and the HNA Group signed in June 2018 – the two companies have signed a letter of intent for the order of 20 ARJ21-700 aircraft.

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HNA Group has long supported Comac in the research and development of their aircraft programs. The aircraft will be operated by Urumqi Air, a low-cost carrier affiliated to the HNA Group. With the purchase of the ARJ21-700 aircraft, the first jet-powered aircraft developed and built in the Republic of China, HNA seeks to accelerate its business development and thus contribute to China’s developing aviation market.

473 ARJ21 are listed in Comac’s order books. Urumqi is the 22nd customer for the aircraft designed to compete the Bombardier CRJ700 and the Embraer 170 (respectively, Bombardier CRJ900 and Embraer 190 in the version of ARJ21-900).

The base variant, ARJ21-700, has a capacity of 70 to 80 passengers. In the version of ARJ21-900 the aircraft can carry up to 100 passengers. Comac also builds a cargo version (ARJ21F) and a business model (ARJ21B).

Signing Ceremony
Signing Ceremony © COMAC

HNA Group was founded in 1993 and has since developed from a regional airline into a Fortune Global 500 company focused on aviation, tourism, logistics and financial services. Urumqi Air in one of 20 affiliated enterprises within the aviation and tourism sector of HNA Group. The airline is based at Urumchi Diwopu International Airport and operates a fleet of 13 aircraft (12 Boeing 737-800, 1 Embraer 190) to 30 national destinations.

Comac Ltd. is a Chines aircraft manufacturer founded in 2008. 2009 Comac integrated the ACAD Consortium, consisting of Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, Shanghai Aircraft Company, Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, Shanghai Aircraft Research Institute and Xian Aircraft Design and Research Institute, who together developed and built the ARJ21 aircraft. Since 2009 the ARJ21 is being sold as Comac ARJ21.

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