The new Chinese airline OTT Airlines begins operations.

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The first commercial flight of OTT Airlines, a new airline that is a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines based in Shanghai that operates the passenger planes developed in China, took off from Hongqiao International Airport on Monday.

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Flight MU5159, operated by an ARJ21 regional jet, took off at 2:33pm and landed at Beijing Capital International Airport around 4:30pm.

The new airline’s fleet will mainly consist of ARJ21 and C919 regional aircraft, along with other passenger aircraft developed in China.

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OTT Airlines plans to receive three ARJ21s this year, another six in 2021 and eight in 2022.

After receiving its first ARJ21 on June 28, the airline has conducted a series of tests for its certification, which it finally obtained on December 25 from the China Civil Aviation Administration.

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