Quote: Kunpeng Airlines Co Ltd, a regional carrier set up by US-based Mesa Air Group and China's Shenzhen Airlines Co Ltd, has entered an order for 100 ARJ21 regional jets, China's first such homegrown aircraft.
The ARJ21 is designed and manufactured by China Aviation Industry Corp I (AVIC I).
Kunpeng Air's purchase was announced during a ceremony held today in Shanghai to mark the roll-out of the first ARJ21.
Financial details of the order were not revealed.
The turbofan-powered plane will enter flight testing in March and is expected to be ready for delivery in the third quarter of 2009.
Other domestic carriers, including Shanghai Airlines, Shandong Airlines and Xiamen Airlines, have already placed orders for 71 ARJ21 jets.
OO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1081 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 10116 times:
No pictures on A.net yet...
It looks pretty neat, hope they will start production on some stretched models. I think for regional planes it will do pretty nice, but for anything larger airlines are now starting to look for more fuel efficient planes like the 787 and 350 will replace the current generation of larger aircraft.
Too bad China isn't going for composite aircraft.. that would have made the game really interesting.
AmtrakGuy From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 500 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9484 times:
Hmmm...Mesa and Shenzhen is a partner in this new airlines. I wonder if Mesa will watch and see if this plane really reliable and save fuels -- Mesa may order some for themsleves to provide contract services with one of the US airlines.
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 11438 posts, RR: 50 Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9399 times:
Quoting WarRI1 (Reply 14): Somehow, I do not think that this is a game, this is a real serious competition with far reaching economic and political goals in mind, I do not understand the views that it is a game.
There is such a thing as taking life too seriously!