Things are moving forward for the next-generation short- and medium-haul distance airliner of China. The Comac ARJ21 made its first course demonstration flight on 5 August 2015, and testing / demonstrating the capabilities of the tail-engined McDonnell Douglas look-a-like continue.
With Gao Feng from Chengdu Airlines on the controls, the ARJ21 flew to Whenzhou for the course demonstration flight. It marked the first time a Chengdu Airlines pilot flew the type, with the company being the launch customer of the ARJ21.
ARJ21 AC105 took off from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport at 11:56 local time and landed at Wenzhou Yongqiang Airport at 14:25, and then took off from Wenzhou at 16:01 and landed at Chengdu at 18:34. Until the end of the year the ARJ21 continues simulated future scheduled flights to several airports, including those in Fuzhou and Nanjing.
Source: Comac, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: The ARJ21 AC105 that is making the course demonstration flights (Image © Comac)