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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

China's first jetliner makes first commercial flight



The first regional jet produced in China made its first commercial flight Tuesday carrying 70 passengers after years of delays due to technical problems.  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, which was launched in 2002, operated by Chengdu Airlines took its passengers from the western city of Chengdu to Shanghai in two hours.

More than half were paying customers who were aware they were flying in a new plane.

"The first flight of the ARJ21 marks the beginning of commercial, or passenger, operations for the ARJ21 and signifies the first time a domestically made regional jet has been used by a Chinese airline," said the COMAC chairman, Jin Zhuanglong.
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