ARJ21 Regional Jet
The ARJ21, short for Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century, is a new type of turbofan short-to-medium range regional jet independently designed and manufactured in China.
The standard range of the ARJ21 is 2,225 kilometers (1,380 miles). The maximum takeoff weight of the ARJ21 is 40,500 kg (89,000 lbs), and its service ceiling is 11,900 meters (39,000 feet). The model’s maximum range is 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles).
The ARJ21 is powered by two tail-mounted General Electric CF34-10A engines, and can carry up to 90 passengers in an economy-only configuration and 78 passengers in a dual-class configuration. The ARJ21’s economic life is designed to be 60,000 flying hours or 20 calendar years.
The ARJ21 offers numerous benefits to its operators, including: a larger cabin (compared to other regional jets in its class) which provides higher passenger capacity, thereby reducing flight traffic; increased utilization of airports in remote areas of China enabling airlines to operate more point-to-point routes; and a versatile design with plans to provide several variants including cargo and executive models.
Currently, the ARJ21 has 473 orders from 22 customers. In June of 2017, the ARJ21 marked one year in airline service; two months earlier, the ARJ21 celebrated seating its 10,000th passenger, and its 30,000th passenger in November 2017. In July 2017, the ARJ21 program received its production certificate from the CAAC, opening it up to mass production! As of August 2018, the ARJ21 has safely transported over 270,000 passengers with over 9,000 flight hours in service.