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China Eastern announces five orders for C919

01.03.2021 – 13:27 UTC

China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) has signed a firm order agreement with COMAC (Shanghai Pudong) for its first five C919s.

With the order form, signed on March 1, the majority state-owned airline will become the launch operator for the type. As with its ARJ21-700 fleet, locally manufactured C919s will be placed with the OTT Airlines subsidiary of China Eastern (OTT, Shanghai Hongqiao).

According to a press release, the new C919s will be based in Shanghai Pudong and used for regular routes to Beijing Daxing Int’l, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu Tianfu, Xiamen, Wuhan and Qingdao Jiaodong.

China Eastern has given no date of entry into service for the C919.

Chinese company OTT Airlines completes certification and launches

29.12.2020 – 18:46 UTC

OTT Airlines (OTT, Shanghai Hongqiao) began scheduled flight operations on Monday, December 28, just over three days after the carrier obtained its CCAR 121 and 135 AOCs from the Civil Aviation Administration of China ( eastern division).

A statement said its maiden flight was MU5159 Shanghai Hongqiao-Beijing Capital. Other sectors that will be deployed from January 4 to 28 include Shanghai Pudong to each of Beijing Daxing Int’l, Nanchang, Hefei and Wenzhou.

OTT Airlines was tasked with operating its parent company China Eastern Airlines’ fleet of locally manufactured COMAC aircraft, including thirty-five ARJ21-700s and up to twenty C919s.

CAAC has agreed for OTT to operate three ARJ21s in its initial phase of operation, increasing to six in 2021 and eight in 2022. By 2025, the thirty-five ARJ21s should be in place and operational.

The 3 major Chinese carriers take delivery of the first ARJ21s

29.06.2020 – 17:58 UTC

China’s three major public carriers – Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines – each took delivery of their first ARJ21-700s following a handover ceremony on June 27. The trio each had thirty-five ARJ21s ordered by COMAC. .

According to the Chinese manufacturer, Air China has accepted the B-605U (msn 138) for possible operation via its subsidiary Beijing Airlines (BJN, Beijing Capital), China Eastern has taken the B-123A (msn 140) for operation via OTT Airlines (OTT, Shanghai Hongqiao) and China Southern have accepted the B-605W (msn 139) for possible use by its subsidiary Xiongan Airlines (CXN, Beijing Daxing Int’l). Another subsidiary of China Southern Air Holding, Jiangxi Airlines (RY, Nanchang), already has two ARJ21s in service.

Time schedule data shows that China Southern expects its branded ARJ21s to enter service on July 15 with daily round-trip flights between Guangzhou and Shantou.

COMAC said the three airlines are expected to take delivery of three ARJ21s this year, all of which will include 90-seat configurations.

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