Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued an ARJ21-700 aircraft type certificate to Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC). The airworthiness certification of CAAC, indicates that the ARJ21 has met the requirements of China Civil Aviation Regulations CCAR-25-R3.
The ARJ21 (Advanced Regional Jet) project was part of China’s 10th 5 year plan. The aircraft was originally scheduled to enter commercial service in 2007, but has suffered from numerous delays. The ARJ21-700 aircraft is a regional jet. The aircraft will be sold in three variants – a passenger, freighter and business variants. The ARJ21-700 aircraft will have 90 seats in an all economy configuration and a range of 2,225-3,700 km. The aircraft is powered by two General Electric CF34-10A engines.
The ARJ21 is expected to enter commercial service this year with Chengdu Airlines.
From the angle of attack, I take it this photo was taken during one of the tail scraping tests? If not, it seems pretty aggressive for a normal takeoff!
Isn’t it obvious by the strike that this was for a test?