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The logo of the ARJ21 program.
Type Regional jet
Manufacturer ACAC consortium
Maiden flight Scheduled for 2007
Primary user Shenzhen Financial Leasing
Produced Scheduled to begin in 2009
Number built 71 currently ordered

The ACAC ARJ21 Advanced Regional Jet is a two-engined commercial passenger jet aircraft being developed by the People's Republic of China. ARJ21 is China's first self-designed passenger jet. This program is contributed by 19 major U.S. and European aerospace components suppliers, including General Electric produces the engines[1] and Rockwell Collins produces the avionics[2].


ARJ21 is a key project during the "10th Five Year Plan" period. Project began in March 2002, led by government-controlled ACAC consortium. According to the plan ARJ21 was expected to see its maiden flight in 2005 and be formally handed over for use another 18 months afterwards[3]. But the design work is delayed. The final trial production stage began in June 2006[4]. The first flight is scheduled for March 2008, and the aircraft will become available to buyers in September 2009. ACAC aims to manufacture 11 ARJ21s a year by 2010.


The ACAC consortium is formed to develop the aircraft. The components of the aircraft will be manufactured by the members of the consortium:

The Shanghai Aircraft Research Institute and the Xian Aircraft Design and Research Institute, which are also members of the consortium, are responsible for the design.


  • ARJ21-700 - This is the baseline model. It will have a capacity of 70 to 95 passengers.
  • ARJ21-900 - This model will have a stretched fuselage based on the ARJ-700. It will have a capacity of 95 to 105 passengers.
  • ARJ21F - This will be a dedicated freighter version of the ARJ21-700. It will have a capacity of 5 LD7 containers or PIP pallets, with a maximum payload of 10,150kg.
  • ARJ21B - This will be a business jet version of the ARJ21-700. A typical configuration would cater for 20 passengers.

Future developments

Besides the baseline model and the stretched model, there will also be standard range and extended range versions, and also all passenger, freight and business jet variants.


The ARJ21 will be built using tooling which was originally provided by the McDonnell Douglas company for licence production of the MD-90 in China. Because of this, it bears a strong resemblance to the DC-9 series of aircraft, with an identical cabin cross section, nose profile and tail. An all new supercritical wing has been designed by Antonov.[5] It will have a sweepback of 25°, and be fitted with winglets to improve aerodynamic performance.

Specifications (ARJ-700)

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 78-85 passengers
    • First class: 38 in seat pitch with 2+2 seating arrangement
    • Economy class: 32 in seat pitch with 3+2 seating arrangement
  • Payload: 16.799 m³ (593.25 ft³)
  • Cabin length: 18.426 m (60 ft 5.43 in)
  • Length: 33.46 m (109 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 27.29 m (89 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 8.44 m (27 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: m² (ft²)
  • Empty weight: kg (lb)
  • Loaded weight: kg (lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 40,500 kg (89,300 lb)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 10,386 kg (22,897 lb)
  • Powerplant:General Electric CF34-10A turbofans, 41.26 kN (9,275 lbf) each


Orders and options

Entries shaded in pink have been announced, but have not yet signed a firm contract.

Date Airline EIS Type
ARJ21-700 ARJ21-900 ARJ21F ARJ21B  TBA  Options Rights
September 2003 File:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai Airlines[6] 2008 5            
File:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Airlines[6] 2008 10            
File:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shenzhen Financial Leasing[6] 2008 20            
March 2004 File:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Xiamen Airlines[7] 2008 6            
Sub-totals 41 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 71 Orders[8] (35 firm) 0

Note that EIS dates on this table have not been updated to reflect the delay in EIS to 2009 mentioned earlier


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