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21 December, 2007 - Published 12:19 GMT
China's first ever jet
China has unveiled its first ever passenger jet at a ceremony in Shanghai. The ARJ21 will carry up to ninety passengers and is expected to be in service towards the end of 2009. This report from Daniel Griffiths:
China has big dreams for its aerospace industry and this plane is just the beginning. Beijing wants to build its own jumbo jets by 2020 and challenge giants like Boeing and Airbus.
That's going to be difficult - China's starting from scratch with planes that don't have the track record of their competitors. And although the ARJ21 is designed and assembled at home, much of the technology comes from the US and Europe.
China now has one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world. It's thought that it will need to buy three planes every week for the next twenty years just to keep up with demand.
Daniel Griffiths, BBC News, Beijing
starting from scratch
to keep up with demand