Flying the Made in China Jet - ARJ21-700!


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Published: 8 months ago
A special flight on the Chinese made ARJ21-700 on Chengdu Airlines from Chengdu to Linfen and back. Check out the interior of the Chinese made ARJ21. Watch the takeoff and landing performance of ARJ21. Enjoy commentary from the crew and myself about the ARJ21.


Join me for an incredible sight-seeing trip to Hukou waterfall in China, which flows quickly and forcefully into the Yellow river. I take an internal flight within China from Chengdu Shuangliu international airport, which is the major international airport that serves Chengdu, the capital of the Chinese province Sichuan, to Linfen Qiaoli airport in Shanxi aboard the first ever aeroplane made in China, the ARJ21.

I use Chengdu airlines but there are another two airlines which make use of the ARJ21 aeroplane – Urumqi Air and the Mongolian Genghis Khan airlines.

The placing of the engine right at the rear of the aeroplane makes our seat at the back very noisy and one of the major disadvantages of flying on the ARJ21 is the general noisiness and din overall; even sitting at the front, it’s hard to ignore the sound of the heavily labouring engine! It’s also frustrating that the ARJ21-700 has to fly so low as this makes the aeroplane vulnerable to the weather. As I hear in my interview with the captain, the ARJ21 is not able to fly in heavy rain!

This aeroplane is not certified by either the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), however, the larger, more able C919 jet is beginning to gain popularity in China, as the captain tells me, and this can only be a good thing, since the C919 is able to carry many more passengers (the ARJ21 is limited to only 90 passengers, which is a problem in a country with more than a billion people in it!) and also more cargo.

The ARJ21 jet was commissioned by the Chinese government in 2002 and the first aeroplane entered service in 2015 with Chengdu airlines. It is a twin engine, regional get which is made by the Chinese company Comac. ARJ itself stands for: Advanced Regional Jet.

After being given the emergency information (I am seated with extra leg room in a seat by the emergency door, but the price I have to pay is that I get extra safety tuition and am in charge of opening the emergency door for other passengers – I’d best pay attention!), I’m up in the air. The food could be better – I initially go for the congee but it’s so bland that I switch to the chicken noodles. There is an unexpected bonus though – a free breakfast with yummy red bean paste bread, a Chinese delicacy.

The sight of Hukou waterfall itself is astonishing – keep watching to the end to see it in all its glory. I feel that I had a very enjoyable day out and, as a further bonus, I was able to enjoy a number of the hi-tech comforts at Linfen airport before taking my flight home, including automatic massage seats and even a karaoke booth!

Who knew that China could be so scenic? Let me know what you thought of the whole trip on the ARJ21 aeroplane in the comments section down below and, as always, thanks for watching!


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Non certified flying plane, it does fly 👌👍💪

2 hours ago

A copy on modified MD80, not a supress on China civilian plane, only get low cost

3 hours ago

I dont want to buy anything made in china ever again

11 hours ago

你是华人哈

16 hours ago

Never take off your shoes or wear flip flops during take offs or landing. Most accidents happen during these times and you want to have your shoes on to get the hell out of there as fast as you can when it does happen.

16 hours ago

samchui是不是中国人啊 中文这么好

18 hours ago

Sam, you don't have Aussie accent, how come? ;)

1 day ago

The truth is that China is promoting the airframe and the airlines. Usually you get zip from Chinese carriers unless you are longhaul and overseas. After my 25 years of flying around in China and Asia , I can't recommend any Chinese airline for quality service.

1 day ago

i take a chinese jet over a US plane without hesitation, china actually has one of the world best safety record for the past 20 yrs!

1 day ago

Every airline (except budget airlines) in China serves free hot meals during breakfast / lunch /dinner times. This is where I cant get used to fly with US airlines.

1 day ago

Chengdu airlines pilots get paid over 300,00 dollars right ??
Like about 25,800 dollars a month.
Will they pay the same to a 22 years old ??
With 2 years of being in a flight school ?

2 days ago

👍👍 the best in the world

3 days ago

Good review of the plane what was going on with the altitude ? I don't think they would sell many outside of China if only because of the noise

4 days ago

Not sure if I would have the nerve to fly Chinese planes but I would over the Boeing Max death machine.

4 days ago

欢迎常来中国玩

5 days ago

made in china...

5 days ago

Wowwww hot meal in a short flight, amazing 👏🏼👏🏼

5 days ago

that plane looks an awful lot like a dc-9

6 days ago

Impressive but a small plane indeed with 90 passengers. Maybe the Chinese plane makers still has a long way to go to catch up with the major commercial airplane makers in the world. It's a good start anyway. The plane has a good landing.

6 days ago

So short flight, using ARJ21 such a little aircraft is normal.

6 days ago

Do they provide masks on board?

6 days ago

江西航空也已经买了,有机会可以来南昌尝试下

6 days ago

Looks like a copy of the DC9/Boeing 717 family.

6 days ago

Impressive

1 week ago

Looks like a great way to catch the Corona virus.

1 week ago

Travis k yes 🙄🦡🐀🦇🐶-->🦠

6 days ago

Credit to the Chinese at least they are able to manufacture their own aircraft

1 week ago

You should have mentioned that this plane is basically a copy of the MD-80/MD-90. According to Wikipedia, it is produced "under licence" in China, so perhaps it's actually a legal copy and not a pirate copy...

1 week ago

Sam u r chinese...!!🤣🤣🤣

1 week ago

LOOKS LIKE A DC-9-30 SAM . I TRUST AN OLD DC-9 MUCH MORE!!!!!

1 week ago

Die or not die is still mystery until we landed at airport

1 week ago