Flying the Made in China Jet - ARJ21-700!

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Published: 3 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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who makes the engines for that aircraft? here's a wiki blurb on the ARJ2: Different sources claim the ARJ21 closely resembles either the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 or the MD-90 which were license-produced in China [34][35] and for which the production tooling was never returned to McDonnell Douglas. Comac states that the ARJ21 is a completely indigenous design.[36][37][38]. The ARJ21's development did depend heavily on foreign suppliers, including engines and avionics from the United States. The ARJ21 features an all-new supercritical wing having a sweepback of 25 degrees and designed by Ukraine’s Antonov Design Bureau. It is fitted with winglets to improve aerodynamic performance.[39][40][41] Antonov also assisted the project with geometrical determination and integral analysis of the construction strength of ARJ21.[39] Some of China's supercomputers have been used to design parts for ARJ21.

8 minutes ago

I guess when China President flies with his own country made airplane, it will assure others to fly too :) for now...the China President still flies with foreign airplane right :)

14 minutes ago

Made in China EXCEPT FOR; Rockwell Collins Avionics, and GE CF34 Turbofans. Airframe based on the MD-80 design.

9 hours ago

Stolen US tech... baby Boeing

11 hours ago

Avionics and even engine designed and produced in the West, great "Chinese" plane hahaha

13 hours ago

Sam you make awesome videos !!!

14 hours ago

thanks for showing it

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17 hours ago

Who else came for the angry 50 cent army comments 👀

19 hours ago

McDonnell Douglas MD-80

19 hours ago

Welcome to Linfen! It's my hometown. Thanks for sharing!

20 hours ago

All the Chinese can do is copy America and Europe.

22 hours ago

Don't worry they stole the design from the west like everything else they have.

23 hours ago

More than 2 issues ....yikes..... noisy, flying low, not FAA approved. Hope you have life insurance and next of kin know where you currently are....all the data of a crash would go missing just like HK democracy protect leaders

1 day ago

I'm guessing not his best flight experience based on his inauthentic comments... oh geez never catch me flying one

1 day ago

Just a lot more stolen IP and tech.... oust them from the WTA

1 day ago

Make sure they update the firmware first. It could mean the difference between everything.

1 day ago

China even copied Niagara Falls.haha

1 day ago

That ARJ21-700 is a fake product because made in china

1 day ago

Help us to open the door if we want you to. Open the door when we don't and we'll arrest you.

1 day ago

9:49 that looks magnificant

1 day ago

Compare with Boeing 737 which one is more noisy? for mr A320 its much better than 737

1 day ago

You can get these at Harbor Freight now.

1 day ago

I've had 6 domestic flights in China this summer between August 15 and September 5. Only my last flight had a passable chicken/fish meal. The other flights were miserable.

The official story was that they have cancelled meals for short flights (less than 70 minutes) because serving food during flight was a safety hazard.

Of the other five flights, I had a picnic box (a bun and a cookie) with one flight and a packet of plums with another. The remaining two flights only served bottled water.

1 day ago

Well Chengdu is one of the exceptions with food. They have a reputation of serving food .

23 hours ago

Thanks Sam,
Thanks for letting us know which airlines are flying ARJ21-700. Really appreciate the info. Really!!!!
I fly to Urumqi quiet often on my way to Korla.

1 day ago

looks like a DC-9.....stolen intellectual property for sure

1 day ago

MD 80 carbon copy

1 day ago

most Chinese made product are generic. not quality

1 day ago

Noisy, unreliable and unsafe airplanes

1 day ago