OTT Airlines was launched by China Eastern Airlines in February 2020. It flew its maiden flight from Shanghai to Beijing on 28 December 2020, Monday.
The inaugural flight operated on a ARJ21 was piloted by Zhang Daqi who has flown six types of aircraft with a safe flight time of over 18,300 hours. He flew a business jet to accompany the C919, China’s first homegrown big passenger jet that took off in May 2017.
An ARJ21, the first turbofan regional passenger jetliner produced by Commercial Aircraft Corp of China can carry up to 90 passengers features the comfort of trunkliners. It has a wider and higher cabin with 18 rows of ultrathin seats compared to other similar types of jets. The seat pitch, recline angle and width are comparable to those of the in-service narrow-body aircraft run China Eastern Airlines.
OTT Airlines will fly from Shanghai to Beijing, Nanchang, East China’s Jiangxi Province, Hefei, East China’s Anhui Province and Wenzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province from end of this year to March 2021.
The airline has 3 ARJ21-700 jets and expects to receive another six in 2021 and eight in 2022. By 2025, OTT Airlines will have a fleet of 35 ARJ21 jets. A crew of 15 pilots, 28 flight attendants, 9 safety officers, 2 dispatchers and over 30 engineers serve the airline.