– Good morning, 5 AM in Chengdu.
Today, I’m flying on the first jet made in China. The ARJ21.
Now,it’s very exciting. Behind me is the ARJ21.
– Hello, welcome on board this Chinese made aeroplane, the ARJ21.
– Good morning, welcome on board.
– So, I am sitting in 017A,
which is the exit row –
it’s the second to last row, 17A,
which has a great view of the wing and the engine.
– Excuse me sir, you’re sitting in an emergency row seat
先生 打扰一下 您现在坐在本架飞机应急出口的位置
Please do not touch the door.
During an emergency, please assist in opening the door. and help other passengers to evacuate. Is that okay?
紧急情况下 请两位协助我打开舱门 帮助其他乘客撤离 可以吗
In case of emergency,
remove the door cover and lift up to the red line,
push to open the door and wait for the float so that you can evacuate.
But if you try to open the door when there isn’t an emergency
you may be subject to prosection.
Please read this card, thank you.
GOOD SIZE OF OVERHEAD BIN
Because the engine is in the rear
this plane is considerably noisier at the back.
It’s typical – it’s like the DC9 or the MD80 or the CRJ.
– [Sam] Oh, we have meals – what do we have today?
– We have congee or chicken noodles.
Please open the tray in between your seat
Be careful, here is your congee.
– Goodness, it’s a little noisy on this aeroplane.
I’m not sure that we can do the ASMR – I’ll try!
The front is much quieter than the back.
You know, I had no idea – I thought that Chengdu airlines was a low cost airline
but they are apparently giving a free breakfast to everybody!
– We have red bean paste bread.
– There’s actually very little information about the ARJ21
The government ordered
that a regional jet should be designed in 2002
and the first plane went in to service in 2015 with Chengdu airlines.
So, this aeroplane is not currently certified by the FAA or EASA
but I understand that they are currently working
on getting this aeroplane certified
so that they can expand their overeas sales.
Currently,there’s only three Chinese airlines that operate an ARJ.
Chengdu airlines is the first one,
there’s another one in Urumqi which is in Xinjiang
and the third one is actually from inner Mongolia, it’s called Genghis Khan Airlines.
So far, everything seems to be stable.
We had a really, really shallow climb –
the ceiling was pretty high.
So sometimes we were still kind of under the clouds.
Well, this is at the very back of the plane.
It’s very, very noisy as you can imagine.
The toilet looks pretty much the same as that on a western aircraft.
Okay,we just landed.
The landing was pretty good. I enjoyed it.
I don’t know why but it reminded me
of the DC9 landing
or even a Tupolev Tu 134. It was…
Because it was T-tailed and it
had its engine mounted at the back and
it was a little noisy.
I’m staying here for a few hours to go to a waterfall and do some
sight-seeing and then I’m catching this aeroplane in the afternoon again,
flying back to Chengdu.
A FEW HAINAN AIRLINES 737 MAX WERE STORED
My request to see the cockpit was denied….But the captain came out for an interview
– We flew at an initial altitude of 8,100 metres
but there was some turbulence and so we requested to climb.
Then we flew over Xian, we descended to 7,500 metres
and we maintained 7,500 metres as our cruising altitude.
The maximum altitude of the ARJ21 is 11,900 metres (39,000 feet)
– What was our cruising speed today?
– About 800 kilometres per hour.
The ARJ21 can fly faster but then we might have had more turbulence.
High speeds can cause more turbulence.
– Someone said that the ARJ21 can’t fly in heavy rain. Is that true?
– This is a safety requirement which is not just related to the ARJ21 in China.
在下大雨中 不光是这个飞机啊 就是我们国内的标准
Other planes, such as the A320,
are also subject to the same restriction.
We will have a better plane soon – the C919!
The ARJ21 took a long time between design and delivery.
This plane can only hold 90 passengers –
it may be too small for a market like China.
The C919 will have better passenger and cargo capacity.
We aim to be comparable to the Airbus A320.
载客 载货 设计理念就完全和320可以媲美
– Thank you, Captain.
This is a very small airport really, but it’s pretty impressive.
There are like five baggage belts, you know, in a very small airport.
This airport looks brand new!
Very nice infrastructure.
Look at the water!
This waterfall feeds in to the Yellow river.
Oh man, China has some great sites here.
哦 天哪 中国有一些很棒的地方
It’s an incredible scene behind me!
Even though this is a regional airport in China,
what a beautiful airport it is.
Look at all this.
With these massage chairs,
you can scan the barcode and pay directly to get a massage.
It’s cashless – who would have thought that China was so advanced?
It’s incredible what the features are like in this terminal in China.
This is a karaoke bar.
Two minor issues that I’ve noticed…
One is that the cruising altitude is rather low.
So we can see that the ceiling is above us,
we can see that the cloud ceiling is really above us.
That means that the aeroplane is flying at a lower level
and subject to a lot of weather conditions.
The second thing is that the plane is considerably noisy.
Even though I’m sitting here in the middle
on the leaning forward edge of the wing,
it’s still a little bit noisy.
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