New Chinese regional carrier Genghis Khan Airlines has reportedly signed a contract with the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) for ARJ21 regional aircraft while also confirming plans to begin flying early in 2019.
The first ARJ21 delivery is scheduled for the end of 2018, COMAC said and formal signing ceremony was held on 15 October.
The number of aircraft ordered was not stated but Genghis Khan Airlines it was said previously had plans to have 25 ARJ21s in five years.
Genghis Khan Airlines will be based at Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia and is the first and only start-up airline of Inner Mongolia, Chin. It was set-up and owned by the autonomous region government-owned Inner Mongolia Aviation Tourism Investment Group.
The carrier will operate domestic flights from Hohhot to other 27 Inner Mongolian cities such as Erenhot, Erlian, Manzhouli, Xilinhot and Baotou using ARJ21 aircraft.
Genghis Khan Airlines plans to then start flights from Hohhot to Beijing, Harbin, Pudong, Shijiazhuang, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Qingdao, and other destinations within China within five years.
By the time it receives its 25th ARJ21 aircraft, it is aiming to launch international flights from Hohhot to Ulaanbaatar, Ulan Ude, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, as well as to Hong Kong and Seoul using Airbus A320 or Boeing aircraft.