China News Service, Beijing, February 27 (Reporter Sun Zifa) The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Co., Ltd. (COMAC) announced to the media on February 27 that the China-made regional passenger aircraft ARJ21 and large passenger aircraft C919 Southeast Asia demonstration flight launch ceremony was held on the morning of the same day. Held at Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, this kicked off the demonstration flight of China's domestic commercial aircraft in Southeast Asia.

  According to the arrangement, the ARJ21 aircraft will take off from Van Don International Airport that afternoon to carry out demonstration flights in Van Don.

In the next two weeks, ARJ21 and C919 aircraft will carry out demonstration flights in five countries: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia, mainly to verify the adaptability of China-made commercial aircraft to airports and routes in the five Southeast Asian countries, as well as airport ground services The adaptability of the equipment, the applicability of special flight procedures and the economy of the route payload demonstrate the good performance of the aircraft and lay the foundation for subsequent market development in Southeast Asia.

C919 aircraft performs flight demonstration at the Singapore Air Show.

Photo by Xu Bingnan

  COMAC stated that it is worth mentioning that the ARJ21 and C919 aircraft participating in this demonstration flight in Southeast Asia are the two aircraft that have just completed the Singapore Airshow flight performance.

During the demonstration flight event, the two aircraft will also be on static display and conduct product promotions to potential customers.

  For customers in Southeast Asia, COMAC has set up a representative office in Southeast Asia, established a regional warehouse of aviation materials in Guangzhou, built a maintenance network relying on customers' own MROs (maintenance units), and simultaneously planned nearby training bases to provide customers with high-quality operational support and guarantee, and sincerely serve Southeast Asia. and global customers.

  According to the latest market forecast of COMAC, in the next 20 years, the number of civilian passenger aircraft in the world will increase from 24,264 to 51,701, and the demand for passenger aircraft in the Asia-Pacific market will also increase from 3,314 to 9,701.

Facing the huge market demand, COMAC will be committed to developing good products and providing good services, striving to provide a reliable new choice for the international civil aviation market and make positive contributions to the development of the civil aviation industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

  According to reports, the ARJ21 regional passenger aircraft carries 78-97 passengers, has a range of 2,225-3,700 kilometers, and has good take-off and landing performance at high-temperature plateau airports and cross-wind resistance.

Since it was put into commercial operation in June 2016, a total of 127 aircraft have been delivered and more than 11 million passengers have been safely transported.

Among them, two ARJ21 aircraft operated by Indonesian Air Asia have opened 4 routes based in Jakarta, serving 5 cities, and can safely carry more than 100,000 passengers.

  The C919 large passenger aircraft carries 158-192 passengers and has a range of 4,075-5,555 kilometers. It adopts advanced aerodynamic design, propulsion system and materials, with lower carbon emissions and higher fuel efficiency.

Its advanced cockpit design can effectively reduce pilot workload, and its humanized cabin design can provide passengers with a comfortable riding environment.

Since the successful completion of its first commercial flight in May 2023, the C919 large passenger aircraft has delivered 4 aircraft to its first customer, China Eastern Airlines, opened round-trip flights from Shanghai to Beijing, and Shanghai to Chengdu, and has safely transported more than 130,000 passengers.

  Adhering to the "customer-centric" concept, COMAC has built seven core businesses including technical support, maintenance support, aviation material support, customer training, flight operation support, publication services, and digital services, focusing on customer service. Four major customer service networks: training, aviation supplies, maintenance, and on-site support.