Posted on: 30 December 2014 by Mark Howells
Powered by GE CF34-10A engines, the ARJ21-700 – the first Chinese regional jet developed by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) – has received its Type Certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
The ARJ21 programme began in 2002 and AVIC I – in charge of the programme at that time – selected General Electric’s CF34-10A engine to power the aircraft in the same year. Since then, GE and COMAC have been collaborating closely during the aircraft's detailed design and the aircraft/engine integration phases. The aircraft made its maiden flight in November 2008 and has now completed all the required certification test programmes. COMAC has announced 278 orders of the ARJ21 so far.
"This certification is a monumental achievement for COMAC, and GE is honoured to play a significant role in the ARJ21 aircraft programme," remarked David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation, who in 2002 led the GE ‘Small Commercial Engine’ team which won the deal. "GE and COMAC have developed a strong relationship working on this programme. Our team is proud to be more than a strategic participant in the development of China's aviation industry."
The CF34-10A engine was certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in July 2010. It is designed to meet the demanding conditions of China's diverse environment, specifically the hot temperature and high altitude conditions experienced on many routes in Western China.