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October 2015: “China-Made ARJ21-700 Regional Jet Set for Delivery, But No USA Certification” by Siva Govindasamy, & Matthew Miller, “Reuters” October 21, 2015.

October 22, 2015

The (COMAC) (CCC) ARJ21 regional jet, which can seat up to 90 passengers, received the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) type certification last December and will be delivered to launch customer Chengdu Airlines (UEG) shortly, two people familiar with the plane’s program told “Reuters.”

The plane will fly without USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, despite a five-year effort to have the (FAA) endorse (CAAC)’s certification procedures, the people said.

An (FAA) type certificate would have boosted the reputation of the airplane’s developer, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and cleared the way for the plane to be sold and operated globally (though expectations for foreign sales had been low). Without it, the aircraft can operate only in China and some Asian, African, and South American countries that recognize the (CAAC)’s certificate.

Chengdu Airlines (UEG), a low-cost carrier (lcc), is expected to fly the plane on commercial domestic operations in the first quarter of 2016. (COMAC) has received nearly 350 orders for the ARJ21, mainly from Chinese airlines and leasing firms.