The new subsidiary of the airline company China Eastern Airlines, OTT Airlines (One Two Three) launched its commercial operations on December 28, 2020 from Shanghai, one of its COMAC ARJ21 flying towards Beijing.
Unveiled last February, the new company was created by CEA “to operate and support commercial aircraft developed in China”. Based at Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport, OTT Airlines has been operating a daily rotation to the capital since December 28, 2020 (MU5159, its own IATA code not yet assigned). From next month, it will add roads to Beijing-Daxing, Nanchan, Hefei or Wenzhou among others; its regional network should remain confined mainly along the coast and in the Yangtze Delta.
OTT Airlines has already received three 90-seat ARJ21-700s but is due to receive three more in 2021 and two the following year, out of a total of 35 units expected by 2025. It is also expected to operate up to 20 C919s, but no delivery date is advanced.
According to ch-aviation, the new company did not receive its certificate and license until three days before its first commercial flight; the CAAC imposed limits on the number of Chinese devices it could operate.
On Dec 28, CEAir subsidiary OTT Airlines launched its domestic maiden flight with China-made airplane model #ARJ21. The new model is more spacious, more comfortable, and more eco-friendly. Are you ready to start new flying experience? pic.twitter.com/svHOzUw5VN
— China Eastern Airlines (@CEAirglobal) December 28, 2020
On Dec 28, CEAir subsidiary OTT Airlines performed its maiden flight with China-made airplane model #ARJ21. Click the video to see the whole process from assembling to taking off!✈️ pic.twitter.com/AF5JX0Vnup
— China Eastern Airlines (@CEAirglobal) December 29, 2020