Chinese start-up Genghis Khan Airlines has today taken delivery of its first Comac ARJ21-700.

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The operator has orders for 25 ARJ21s, which are powered by General Electric CF34-10A engines. The twinjets will be used to operate regional routes within Inner Mongolia from its base of Hohhot Baita International airport, says Comac.

Genghis Khan received preliminary regulatory approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China just under a year ago. It is wholly backed by state-owned Inner Mongolia Aviation Tourism Investment.

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Initial plans were based around a fleet of Bombardier CRJ900s, however the carrier subsequently ordered 25 ARJ21s, with options for another 25, in August last year. It aims to have 25 aircraft in service within five years operating a network of 40 destinations.

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