First made-in-China jetliner makes debut commercial flight

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First made-in-China jetliner makes debut commercial flight

Post by Bonjor » Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:59 am

SHANGHAI: The first regional jet produced in China’s initiative to compete in the commercial aircraft market made its debut flight Tuesday carrying 70 passengers.

The ARJ21-700 jet is one of a series of initiatives launched by the ruling Communist Party to transform China from the world’s low-cost factory into a creator of profitable technology in aviation, clean energy and other fields.

The plane operated by Chengdu Airlines took its passengers from the western city of Chengdu to Shanghai in two hours.

China is one of the biggest aviation markets but relies on foreign-made aircraft. Beijing wants to capture more of those sales. Its major airlines are state-owned, which gives the ruling party a captive pool of potential customers that can be ordered to buy Chinese-made aircraft. ... ial-flight

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Re: First made-in-China jetliner makes debut commercial flight

Post by uzairali » Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:26 am

ATR-72 costs 24.7m in 2014 dollars and ARj21 costs $30m in 2015 dollars.

It can also do far more range and seats. Perhaps PIA can use this as an option for domestic. Imagine hourly flight between KHI and Islamabad? I don't think ATR-72 has the range for KHI to ISB, and also it'll be slow for this length of flight.

Also the seat pitch and width is better on this aircraft than ATR, so it can certainly be comfortable. It also uses GE engine.

Perhaps China can provide these aircrafts on loans?