Flying the Made in China Jet - ARJ21-700!

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  • Published: 11 June 2019
  • A special flight on the Chinese made ARJ21-700 on Chengdu Airlines from Chengdu to Linfen and back. Check out the interior of the Chinese made ARJ21. Watch the takeoff and landing performance of ARJ21. Enjoy commentary from the crew and myself about the ARJ21.


    Join me for an incredible sight-seeing trip to Hukou waterfall in China, which flows quickly and forcefully into the Yellow river. I take an internal flight within China from Chengdu Shuangliu international airport, which is the major international airport that serves Chengdu, the capital of the Chinese province Sichuan, to Linfen Qiaoli airport in Shanxi aboard the first ever aeroplane made in China, the ARJ21.

    I use Chengdu airlines but there are another two airlines which make use of the ARJ21 aeroplane – Urumqi Air and the Mongolian Genghis Khan airlines.

    The placing of the engine right at the rear of the aeroplane makes our seat at the back very noisy and one of the major disadvantages of flying on the ARJ21 is the general noisiness and din overall; even sitting at the front, it’s hard to ignore the sound of the heavily labouring engine! It’s also frustrating that the ARJ21-700 has to fly so low as this makes the aeroplane vulnerable to the weather. As I hear in my interview with the captain, the ARJ21 is not able to fly in heavy rain!

    This aeroplane is not certified by either the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), however, the larger, more able C919 jet is beginning to gain popularity in China, as the captain tells me, and this can only be a good thing, since the C919 is able to carry many more passengers (the ARJ21 is limited to only 90 passengers, which is a problem in a country with more than a billion people in it!) and also more cargo.

    The ARJ21 jet was commissioned by the Chinese government in 2002 and the first aeroplane entered service in 2015 with Chengdu airlines. It is a twin engine, regional get which is made by the Chinese company Comac. ARJ itself stands for: Advanced Regional Jet.

    After being given the emergency information (I am seated with extra leg room in a seat by the emergency door, but the price I have to pay is that I get extra safety tuition and am in charge of opening the emergency door for other passengers – I’d best pay attention!), I’m up in the air. The food could be better – I initially go for the congee but it’s so bland that I switch to the chicken noodles. There is an unexpected bonus though – a free breakfast with yummy red bean paste bread, a Chinese delicacy.

    The sight of Hukou waterfall itself is astonishing – keep watching to the end to see it in all its glory. I feel that I had a very enjoyable day out and, as a further bonus, I was able to enjoy a number of the hi-tech comforts at Linfen airport before taking my flight home, including automatic massage seats and even a karaoke booth!

    Who knew that China could be so scenic? Let me know what you thought of the whole trip on the ARJ21 aeroplane in the comments section down below and, as always, thanks for watching!

Comments • 3 678

  • Aria Ax
    Aria Ax  17 minutes back

    草,每次机场都看到一堆arj21,但我还没坐过

    • Bud Yeddi
      Bud Yeddi  2 hours back

      Who else came for the angry 50 cent army comments 👀

      • Pool Bum
        Pool Bum  2 hours back

        McDonnell Douglas MD-80

        • Feng Chai
          Feng Chai  4 hours back

          Welcome to Linfen! It's my hometown. Thanks for sharing!

          • Matthew Nichols
            Matthew Nichols  5 hours back

            All the Chinese can do is copy America and Europe.

            • Theodore Freeman
              Theodore Freeman  6 hours back

              Don't worry they stole the design from the west like everything else they have.

              • Daniel Mayer
                Daniel Mayer  8 hours back

                More than 2 issues ....yikes..... noisy, flying low, not FAA approved. Hope you have life insurance and next of kin know where you currently are....all the data of a crash would go missing just like HK democracy protect leaders

                • Daniel Mayer
                  Daniel Mayer  8 hours back

                  I'm guessing not his best flight experience based on his inauthentic comments... oh geez never catch me flying one

                  • Daniel Mayer
                    Daniel Mayer  8 hours back

                    Just a lot more stolen IP and tech.... oust them from the WTA

                    • Matt Jones
                      Matt Jones  10 hours back

                      Make sure they update the firmware first. It could mean the difference between everything.

                      • Gabriel Aquino
                        Gabriel Aquino  12 hours back

                        China even copied Niagara Falls.haha

                        • SabitTSDM07
                          SabitTSDM07  15 hours back

                          That ARJ21-700 is a fake product because *made in china*

                          • Stuart Miller
                            Stuart Miller  16 hours back

                            Help us to open the door if we want you to. Open the door when we don't and we'll arrest you.

                            • Ming Fang
                              Ming Fang  17 hours back

                              9:49 that looks magnificant

                              • Vigour Iskandar
                                Vigour Iskandar  19 hours back

                                Compare with Boeing 737 which one is more noisy? for mr A320 its much better than 737

                                • shreddder999
                                  shreddder999  22 hours back

                                  You can get these at Harbor Freight now.

                                  • BarackBananabama
                                    BarackBananabama  24 hours back

                                    I've had 6 domestic flights in China this summer between August 15 and September 5. Only my last flight had a passable chicken/fish meal. The other flights were miserable.

                                    The official story was that they have cancelled meals for short flights (less than 70 minutes) because serving food during flight was a safety hazard.

                                    Of the other five flights, I had a picnic box (a bun and a cookie) with one flight and a packet of plums with another. The remaining two flights only served bottled water.

                                    • Yiran D
                                      Yiran D  6 hours back

                                      Well Chengdu is one of the exceptions with food. They have a reputation of serving food .

                                  • Painted Bird
                                    Painted Bird  1 days back

                                    Thanks Sam,
                                    Thanks for letting us know which airlines are flying ARJ21-700. Really appreciate the info. Really!!!!
                                    I fly to Urumqi quiet often on my way to Korla.

                                    • rickyboy1947
                                      rickyboy1947  1 days back

                                      looks like a DC-9.....stolen intellectual property for sure

                                      • Tommy
                                        Tommy  1 days back

                                        MD 80 carbon copy

                                        • Tommy
                                          Tommy  1 days back

                                          most Chinese made product are generic. not quality

                                          • Laura Wieng
                                            Laura Wieng  1 days back

                                            Noisy, unreliable and unsafe airplanes

                                            • david sen
                                              david sen  1 days back

                                              Made in China jet ? What you talking about I want live more in this world.

                                              I don’t thing so anyone will travel with this plane.
                                              Last time I buy from market made in China toy helicopters that’s blast because battery 🔋 got melt.

                                              Only can see Chinese people flying no one else even this blogger who uploads video he Chinese too.
                                              He eat noodle like pig.
                                              I love airbus and Boeing.

                                              • Benny Benitez
                                                Benny Benitez  2 days back

                                                Our friend in our aviation consulting company here in Miami who is a former USAF / FAA Test Pilot and an FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) Test Pilot test flew and evaluated the ARJ-21. Before going into commercial service in China.

                                                • Benny Benitez
                                                  Benny Benitez  2 days back

                                                  Great video, but you are dressed to kill. Meaning yourself by wearing shorts and flip flops onboard. What if there was an accident and say you survived the impact exposure of skin and very weak foot wear / protection would be detrimental.
                                                  .

                                                  • peter Leung
                                                    peter Leung  2 days back

                                                    God blessed America. The whole world curse God

                                                    • peter Leung
                                                      peter Leung  2 days back

                                                      Ask FAA to do a heart surgery American can’t do no wrong !

                                                      • Hi There
                                                        Hi There  2 days back

                                                        Alot of the world's things are... Made in China... But some important things you just avoid... Airplanes.. Baby formula... Just no...

                                                        • Cristian de jesus Rosas Cordova

                                                          Fuck China and you bunch a Chinese people that like America be ashamed of support socialism in China riding this planes! Bunch a traitors I see here in the comments if you like Soo much China go back to your country

                                                          • hoang duong
                                                            hoang duong  2 days back

                                                            Nobody going to buy these airlines.....

                                                            • Fred Smith
                                                              Fred Smith  2 days back

                                                              Trump has been pushing to US airlines to buy these planes. As well as the Chinese steel and illegal labor he used on his buildings.

                                                              • Pool Bum
                                                                Pool Bum  2 hours back

                                                                Your fake news is pathetic. Trump has a private Boeing plane. He knows better.

                                                            • Mike Sacco
                                                              Mike Sacco  2 days back

                                                              Gets me MAD AS HELL.
                                                              I have been to many airports all over.
                                                              And well the U.S airports suck.
                                                              You’d think the USA airports would be the best. Not even close

                                                              • Duy Quang Phạm
                                                                Duy Quang Phạm  2 days back

                                                                Made in China.
                                                                No thanks

                                                                • Azzrudin Jamil
                                                                  Azzrudin Jamil  2 days back

                                                                  anything is better than boeing right now

                                                                  • vassil vassilev
                                                                    vassil vassilev  2 days back

                                                                    No one will let them sell cheap planes in EU and US ! As for flying with it, I'll skip for now. It looks outdated tech !

                                                                    • 01bletsch
                                                                      01bletsch  2 days back

                                                                      Not too bad for a knockoff of a 1965 DC-9, 54 years old LOL.

                                                                      • 01bletsch
                                                                        01bletsch  22 hours back

                                                                        @peter Leung Who cares? China is a cesspool of borderline forced labor slaves with zero pollution control and a fake sun because the sky is so dirty in some towns. I'll take my random shootings over your suicide nets any day.
                                                                        The poorest people in the US live better than 90 percent of the rest of the planet.

                                                                        Chew on that for a while loser

                                                                      • peter Leung
                                                                        peter Leung  22 hours back

                                                                        More shootings to come

                                                                      • peter Leung
                                                                        peter Leung  22 hours back

                                                                        America is a evil empire

                                                                      • Mitchell C
                                                                        Mitchell C  1 days back

                                                                        @peter Leung which word shall I mark? Or did you forget to pluralize it?

                                                                        China is trash.

                                                                      • peter Leung
                                                                        peter Leung  2 days back

                                                                        01bletsch Mark my word there will be more cock up in the USA to come !

                                                                    • Chris Graham
                                                                      Chris Graham  2 days back

                                                                      Garbage plane it took so much runway to get up in the air :(

                                                                      • access
                                                                        access  2 days back

                                                                        no small feat to make flying airplanes that arent flying coffins like Boeing. Give it 10 more years and these planes will overtake Boeing at the rate China makes progress

                                                                    • val91201
                                                                      val91201  2 days back

                                                                      You are brave!

                                                                      • cesar guillen
                                                                        cesar guillen  2 days back

                                                                        DC9 is back , China had a licence to produce the MD 80s series in fact , there are some MD80s out there produced in china. Boeing just sold the rights!!!!

                                                                        • Hanningtone Mwagodi
                                                                          Hanningtone Mwagodi  2 days back

                                                                          Too many racist comments from Americans on this video

                                                                          • Arturo Torres
                                                                            Arturo Torres  2 days back

                                                                            Nice looking little plane looks like a Boeing.

                                                                            • Dan Warnick
                                                                              Dan Warnick  2 days back

                                                                              Wow, Sam! You get around, man. Great Video and presentation, as seems to be the norm with you.
                                                                              I lived and worked in Chengdu, out of Shuang Liu Airport, for 9 years from 1990 to 99. The only thing at the airport now that I think I recognize is the fuel tank farm, although I'm sure it is new as well but just in the same location(ish). For those of you doubters, do not discount this or any other commercial Chinese made jet. Not so fast, anyway. They are excellent engineers and very innovative. As POTUS said, the Chinese made good deals with the West, and those deals included technology transfer, among other perqs. All the Western companies could not wait to sell a BILLION Widgets (or whatever) and they signed the contracts. Personally, I'm happy for the people of the PR of C; they paid their dues in blood and sacrifice, both at the hands of foreign aggressors and internal forces. Now it's their time to spread their wings and fly. So to speak.

                                                                              • Free Surfer
                                                                                Free Surfer  2 days back

                                                                                sam stayed quiet the whole trip, i suppose he doesn't want to offend the airline, disgrace the airline and gets detained?

                                                                                • ianluk11
                                                                                  ianluk11  2 days back

                                                                                  Lol all the Chinese people are sleeping on the plane like sack of potatoes good on them thought they work hard.

                                                                                  • scott Baker
                                                                                    scott Baker  2 days back

                                                                                    Technology stolen from US aircraft manufacturers to build the aircraft. I would be terrified to fly on this thing fearing a wing would rip off from cheap copycat chinese junk 😂😂😂

                                                                                    • Mitchell C
                                                                                      Mitchell C  1 days back

                                                                                      "China airways, u fly u die"

                                                                                  • Kevinantonio Morrison
                                                                                    Kevinantonio Morrison  2 days back

                                                                                    I think it a great aircraft like the MD80 and the 727. They are all good aircraft with good performance without any technical problems.

                                                                                    • Tony Balboa
                                                                                      Tony Balboa  2 days back

                                                                                      A shit made in China ! 17 years to develop a B-717 ? WTF !

                                                                                      • Dean Harrop
                                                                                        Dean Harrop  3 days back

                                                                                        SHE IS A FINE LOOKING BIRD