Chinese authorities have issued the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) with a production certificate, authorizing the aerospace manufacturer to begin mass producing its region jet ARJ-21.

RJ21-700 AC104 performed a design optimization flight test the February 21, 2017, in Xining, China. The inaugural flight of ARJ21 took place in 2008, while the first passenger flight by aircraft operator Chengdu Airlines took place in 2016. COMAC already holds 413 orders for twin-engine ARJ-21 jet, according to Reuters.  

ARJ21 has two variants, namely ARJ21-700 and ARJ21-900 with maximum, seat capacity of 90 and 105 respectively. The aircraft is powered by two General Electric CF34-10A with maximum flight range (standard version) of 1,400 miles (2,200 kilometers). It aims to compete with Bombardier and Embraer models.

COMAC is a Chinese state-owned aerospace manufacturer, based in Shanghai.  It was established on 11 May 2008 in Shanghai, China and currently has $ 2.79 billion registered capital. COMAC is also the manufacturer behind C919 jets – the Chinese competition to Russian MC-21 and Boeing and Airbus narrow-body aircraft.