Made in China! PRC's First Commercial Jetliner Delivered to Customer

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    The first ARJ21 jet has been delivered to Chengdu Airlines, but the plane won’t be sailing international skies soon.

    BEIJING—China’s first homemade jetliner is poised to make its commercial debut nearly a decade behind schedule, as a local airline took delivery of a regional aircraft that illustrates Beijing’s woes in getting its aerospace sector airborne.

    Regional carrier Chengdu Airlines on Sunday received the first of the 30 new ARJ21 jets it ordered from state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, or Comac. The ARJ21, dubbed the “Flying Phoenix,” will enter service after three months of trial operations, Comac said in a statement.

    The ARJ21, or Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st century, can carry between 78 and 90 passengers for more than 2,200 kilometers, according to Comac, which described the delivery as a “major breakthrough” for China’s aviation industry.

    Chinese officials originally set a 2006 deadline for the ARJ21’s commercial rollout but pushed back its debut several times due to repeated production setbacks. Similar troubles have plagued Comac’s push to develop a larger jetliner, the C919. A prototype of that 158-to-174 seater was completed in early November after years of delays.

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