Comac ARJ21-700 Xiangeng (Flying Phoenix)

$40 million regional jet out of China

Chengdu Airlines COMAC ARJ21 700 Xiangfeng
photo: Danny Yu

The Comac ARJ21 Xiangfeng is developed and produced by Comac as a seventy-eight to ninety seater regional jet primarily used by Chengdu Airlines. Aircraft development started in March 2002 and production began from 2007 up to the present with a current total number of forty aircraft built. The ARJ21 Xianfeng features a 25° swept and supercritical wing as well as two General Electric CF34 engines.

Manufacturer:
Comac
Country:
China
Manufactured:
2007 to: Present
ICAO:
AJ27
Price:
US$40 million (2018)

Specifications

Avionics:
Pro Line 21 Integraded Avionics System, FMS 4200
Engine:
2x General Electric CF34-10A
Turbofan
Power:
17,057 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
470 knots
870 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
140 knots
Travel range:
2,000 Nautical Miles
3,704 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
39,000 feet
Rate of Climb:

Take Off Distance:
1700 metre - 5,577.36 feet
Landing Distance:
1600 metre - 5,249.28 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
43,500 Kg
95,900 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
37,886 Kg
83,523 lbs
Max Payload:
8,935 Kg
19,698 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
3,500 gallon
13,249 litre
Baggage Volume:
20.14 m3 / 711 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
90 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
2.03 metre - 6.66 feet
Cabin Width:
3.14 metre - 10.30 feet
Cabin Length:
19.5 metre - 63.98 feet
Exterior Length:
33.46 metre - 109.78 feet
Tail height:
8.44 metre - 27.69 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
3.2 metre - 10.50 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
27.28 metre - 89.50 feet
Wing Tips:
Canted Winglets
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Description

In March 2002, the development of the ARJ21 began. On December 21, 2007, the first prototype with serial number 101 was rolled out, and on November 28, 2008, it completed its maiden flight at Dachang Airfield in Shanghai. On November 29, 2015, the first ARJ21-700 was delivered to Chengdu Airlines. On June 28, 2016, the aircraft performed its first commercial flight from Chengdu to Shanghai. In July 2017, the Civil Aviation Administration of China certified COMAC to mass-produce the ARJ-21. On March 6, 2020, the first aircraft assembled in Pudong performed its initial production test flight.

The ARJ21-700 is a baseline model that has the capacity of seventy-eight passengers in a two-class configuration and ninety passengers in a single-class accommodation. It has an exterior length of 33.46 meters, an exterior height of 4.5 meters, and a fuselage width of 3.2 meters. The cabin height is 2.03 meters, the cabin length is 19.5 meters, and the cabin width is 3.14 meters. It features a 25° swept and supercritical wing with a wingspan of 27.28 meters and a wing area of 79.86 square meters. The tail height is 8.44 meters and the wheelbase is 14.88 meters. It has an empty weight of 24,955 kg, a maximum takeoff weight of 43,500 kg, and a maximum landing weight of 37,886 kg. The maximum payload is 8,935 kg and the fuel tank capacity is 3,500 US gal.

The aircraft is powered by twin General Electric CF34-10A high-bypass turbofan engines. It has a single-fan three-stage LP nine-stage HP compressor driven by a four-stage LP single-stage HP turbine. Each engine is rated at 17,057 lbf thrust. The ARJ21-700 has a takeoff distance at MTOW of 1,700 meters and a landing distance of 1,600 meters. It has a maximum operating speed of 470 knots and a normal cruise speed of 447 knots. IT has a travel range of 2,000 nautical miles and a service ceiling of 39,000 feet.

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