Production complete for China’s first ARJ21 converted freighters

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The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) has delivered the first two freighter conversions of ARJ21 passenger planes, said Xinhua, China’s state-owned press agency.

ARJ21s are short- medium-range turbofan regional aircraft that were independently developed by China. 

The converted aircraft has a designed maximum payload of 10 tonnes and a flight range of 2,778 km. It is primarily intended for transporting cargo, mail and express shipments on domestic routes and short-haul international routes, according to COMAC.

The ARJ21 freighter conversion programme was officially initiated in May 2020. After going through phases of initial and detailed design, as well as conversion, the aircraft received its airworthiness approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China in January.

The aircraft could be used to support China’s e-commerce and express delivery industries.

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