Start-Ups COMAC delivers first ARJ21 to Genghis Khan Airlines
Chinese Start-Up carrier Genghis Khan Airlines has taken delivery of its first COMAC ARJ21-700
During a delivery ceremony, Genghis Khan Airlines has officially taken delivery of its first ARJ21-700 regional aircraft. The delivery is a milestone both for the start-up carrier and the manufacturer. Genghis Khan Airlines has now become the second ARJ21 operator in the world, after Chengdu Airlines.
Genghis Khan Airlines will use their ARJ21-700s on regional routes that connect many destinations with the airlines based at Hohhot. The start of operations with the ARJ21 helps to develop Inner Mongolia and to advance the role of smaller aircraft in the Chinese domestic market.
The ARJ21-700 was developed and manufactured by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and is being powered by two General Electric CF34-10A engines. Optically, the ARJ21 is a combination of McDonnell Douglas´ MD-80 series and the Bombardier´s CRJ series.
Currently, Genghis Khan Airlines holds orders for 25 COMAC ARJ21s. This order was announced last year on October 17. The delivery of the first ARJ21 enables the carrier to start operations very soon. Over the next five years, all remaining aircraft will be delivered to the airline.
Genghis Khan Airlines is a Start-Up carrier headquartered at Hohhot Baita International Airport. Hohhot is the capital city of Inner Mongolia. The airline is a venture of the Inner Mongolia Communications Investment Group and is being supported by the government.
Approximately a year ago, Genghis Khan Airlines received preliminary regulatory approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, is therefore allowed to operate scheduled passenger operations. Within five years, Genghis Khan Airlines hopes to have established a route network of 40 destinations.
COMAC is currently testing its new C919 aircraft, that is set to attack popular western aircraft from Airbus and Boeing. Three C919 are undergoing a test programme from Shanghai at the moment. In 2021, COMAC will then start to deliver the first C919 to launch customer China Eastern Airlines.
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