|The logo of the ARJ21 program.|
|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 and Rockwell Collins produces the avionics.
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. But the design work is delayed. The final trial production stage began in June 2006. 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:
- Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group: construction of the nose
- Shanghai Aircraft Company: final assembly
- Shenyang Aircraft Corporation: construction of the empennage (complete tail unit)
- Xian Aircraft Company: construction of the wings and fuselage
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.
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. It will have a sweepback of 25°, and be fitted with winglets to improve aerodynamic performance.
- 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: 2× General Electric CF34-10A turbofans, 41.26 kN (9,275 lbf) each
- Cruise speed: 0.78 Mach (926 km/h, 576 mph)
- Standard: 1,200 nm (1,400 mi, 2,200 km)
- Extended: 2,000 nm (2,300 nm, 3,700 km)
- Service ceiling: 11,000 m (35,000 ft)
- Rate of climb: m/s (ft/min)
Orders and options
Entries shaded in pink have been announced, but have not yet signed a firm contract.
|September 2003||File:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai Airlines||2008||5|
|File:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Airlines||2008||10|
|File:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shenzhen Financial Leasing||2008||20|
|March 2004||File:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Xiamen Airlines||2008||6|
|Totals||71 Orders (35 firm)||0|
Note that EIS dates on this table have not been updated to reflect the delay in EIS to 2009 mentioned earlier
- ↑ ACAC selects General Electric to power ARJ21. GE Aviation. Retrieved on 2002-11-04.
- ↑ Rockwell Collins announces first delivery for ARJ21. Rockwell Collions. Retrieved on 2006-07-27.
- ↑ China-Made ARJ21 Feeder Plane to Appear at Zhuhai Aviation Show. People's Daily. Retrieved on 2002-11-04.
- ↑ Self-developed jet to fly maiden trip. XINHUA. Retrieved on 2006-06-01.
- ↑ ARJ21-A. AINonline. Retrieved on 2006-06-23.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Three carriers place ARJ21 orders", Flight International, Reed Business Information, 2003-09-23. Retrieved on 2006-07-03.
- ↑ "ARJ21 orderbook climbs to 41 as Xiamen signs up", Flight International, Reed Business Information, 2004-08-03. Retrieved on 2006-07-03.
- ↑ http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200612/23/eng20061223_335305.html
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