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Designer confident to get ARJ-21's foreign orders
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16:35, March 05, 2008

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China's first independently developed commercial regional jet, the ARJ-21, will receive foreign orders this year, said its chief designer, Wu Guanghui, on Tuesday.

Wu Guanghui, a member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said the ARJ-21 is highly competitive in its performance on overseas markets.

A total of 171 ARJ-21 jets has received internal order; and China is holding talks with foreign customers, said Wu, adding that the potential clients are from Asia, Europe and America.

"In the next 20 years, the world's demand for 70-100 passenger jets will be 3,000 units; while on the domestic market, the demand would be no less than 1,000," he estimated.

The ARJ-21, short for the "Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century," is a safe and low-price jet. The first domestic-made ARJ-21 jet, with 90 seats, rolled off production lines at the Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Factory on December 21, 2007. It laid the foundation for the production of large aircrafts in China.

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