The Asian regional jet, the ARJ21-700, manufactured by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), has performed its debut flight this week from Chengdu to Shanghai. The aircraft was operated by Chengdu Airlines, which carried 70 passengers. “The first flight of the ARJ21 marks the beginning of commercial, or passenger, operations for the ARJ21 and signifies the first time a domestically made regional jet has been used by a Chinese airline,” said the COMAC chairman, Jin Zhuanglong.

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