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Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines first ARJ21s at the delivery ceremony. (Photo: COMAC)

China’s Three Major Airlines Receive First COMAC ARJ21 Aircraft

China's three largest airlines — Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines — took delivery of COMAC's ARJ21 aircraft, China’s first domestically developed regional jet, on Sunday. The  90-seater short-haul aircraft is manufactured by state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). China’s three biggest airlines are currently slated to receive their second ARJ21s by the end of 2020. “The ARJ21 was formally incorporated into the fleets of Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines,” COMAC said…

Embraer ERJ-175 Makes Long Awaited Appearance in Alaska

While many disappointing fleet announcements have been issued during the COVID-19 epidemic, the people of Alaska finally get some good news. The state’s namesake airline has decided to introduce the Embraer ERJ-175 to the state’s route map. Services will be operated by regional arm Horizon Air. Horizon Air’s fleet of…

United Becomes Latest U.S. Carrier to Schedule Tag Flights

As airlines reduce schedules and flying hours, yet another airline has followed the suit of Alaska Airlines and JetBlue: United Airlines. The main condition of airlines being eligible to receive money from the federal government under the CARES Act is that they are required to maintain a minimum level of…

First Look: Inside United’s CRJ-550 Regional Jet

United’s new CRJ-550 enters regular passenger service on Sunday, and AirlineGeeks was invited to take a look at the airplane before its inaugural run. The reconfigured CRJ-700 is a stark departure from the regional jets of the past with comfortable seating and passenger-friendly amenities. United touts the 550 as, “the…

American Airlines Places Orders For Two Sets of Regional Aircraft

American Airlines announced two orders for small jets to serve regional routes which have less demand and do not require mainline aircraft. The airline signed an order for 15 Embraer E175 aircraft bringing up the total ordered E175 aircraft to 89 and also signed an order for 15 new Bombardier…

Traversing Larger Boundaries: The Ever Expanding Reach of Regional Aircraft

Regional aircraft, the small, less than 100 seat airplanes that we see at small airports across the country, are finding themselves on longer routes. The aircraft were originally offered as a way for airlines to serve short routes with less demand using less fuel-intensive aircraft. However, a new trend has…

Regional Reconstruction: The Decline of the 50-Seat Jet

While the mergers of the last ten years have changed the way people fly and the experience they have in aviation in the United States, the regional jet image is changing as well. In the late 1990s through mid-2000s, airlines were determined to make the 50-seat or smaller market with…