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    Boeing has said that every 1 percent increase in the sales of airliners expands the national economy by 0.7 percent. The State Council, China's cabinet, has designated the aeronautical industry as one of 10 pillars in its plan to make China a global manufacturing giant by 2025.

    COMAC and partner United Aircraft Corp of Russia announced that the first long-haul jet developed jointly by both countries will be named CR929, symbolizing the "enduring cooperation of the two sides."

    The wide-body jet will seat 280 people and have a range of up to 12,000 kilometers. It is scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2025 and begin deliveries in 2028, according to the China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corp, a joint venture based in Shanghai's Free Trade Zone in Pudong New Area.

    Meanwhile, two ARJ21s began commercial operations last year with Chengdu Airlines.