An ARJ21 jet, flight number EU6679, has departed from Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province, to east China’s Shanghai municipality, on June 28, 2016. [Photo / Xinhua]
ARJ21-700, China's first regional aircraft, successfully completed its maiden flight on June 28.
The flight marks China's homegrown ARJ21 has officially been put into commercial operation and is flew by Chengdu Airlines based in southwest China's Sichuan province.
Tuesday's flight was from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, to Shanghai with 70 passengers onboard.
A passenger named Hu Shuangqian, also a front-line worker who assembled the plane, said that the plane is comfortable and spacious, with 78 seats in it. Even when the plane met turbulence, it still flew smoothly.
Wu Shixing, the former general designer of the plane model said that one of the most important features of the ARJ21 is that its performance parameters could meet the diverse and demanding conditions in China, including the hot-and-high altitude condition.
According to Chengdu Airlines, apart from the route between Chengdu and Shanghai, other courses will soon be opened in Shenzhen, Nanjing and Changsha. And about 150 staff, including flight crews, flight attendants, engineers and technicians have been granted qualification certificates after training.
ARJ21 is now scheduled to fly every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.