Just before the end of the year, China Eastern's new subsidiary OTT Airlines completed its first flight.
The airline's first flight – using the domestically built Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) ARJ21 – took off from Shanghai's Hongquiao Airport as MU5159 during the afternoon on December 28 before arriving at Beijing Capital Airport.
According to a release from COMAC, the airline's ARJ21s have an all-economy class configuration with seats for 90 passengers. The cabin interiors are consistent with the standards of parent company China Eastern and each seat is equipped with a USB power socket.
First announced in February, the new carrier will operate a fleet of all-Chinese made COMAC aircraft including the ARJ-21 and the C919. Initial routes will include flights from Shanghai to Beijing, Nanchang, Hefei, and Wenzhou through the spring of 2021.
OTT Airlines will start with 3 ARJ21s before receiving 6 in 2021 and 8 in 2022. By 2025, the aircraft fleet will reach 35.