SINGAPORE: Comac works to optimise ARJ21

Comac says it is working to optimise its ARJ21 regional jet, and that changes could be incorporated into production aircraft within the next two to three years.

Since delivering the first production jet to launch customer Chengdu Airlines last November, the manufacturer has been scrutinising possible design changes to make the aircraft more efficient, Comac’s general manager for sales and marketing Dang Tiehong tells Flightglobal at the Singapore air show.

“We want to improve the performance of the aircraft, for example by relooking at the material used and the weight, as well as performance of the system.”

Dang says works are currently at an early stage, but is confident that changes made can be incorporated within three years.

The Chinese manufacturer is also working to deliver the first business jet variant of the aircraft in 2018.

Chengdu Airlines is currently conducting route proving flights and working to enter the aircraft into commercial service this month.

Comac has garnered commitments for over 315 of its regional jets.

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