China's ARJ21 regional aircraft serves on new route

ARJ21-700 regional jets are parked at the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (Photo: COMAC)

SHANGHAI - China's independently developed ARJ21 regional aircraft has been plying on a new domestic route operated by China Southern Airlines, according to its developer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).

The route connects Shanghai and Jieyang, South China's Guangdong province, and it is the airline's third route in which ARJ21 is operating, said COMAC.

China Southern received its first ARJ21 aircraft on June 28, began using the aircraft on commercial flights from July 15, and gradually put it into service on Guangzhou-Jieyang and Guangzhou-Zhanjiang routes, linking three cities in Guangdong.

To date, the airline has used the aircraft to carry more than 10,000 passengers.

According to the airline's fleet development plan, it will receive two more ARJ21 airplanes in 2020 and is expected to have 35 ARJ21 airplanes by 2024.