China to have own jumbo aircraft by 2020, says expert

Updated: 2007-03-12 10:57

BEIJING, March. 12 -- China's dream to have self- developed jumbo aircraft is expected to come true by 2020 if everything goes well, said an expert on Monday.

"We are now fairly well conditioned for making large aircraft with sound support from growing national economic strength, technological development and experience in manufacturing," said Liu Daxiang, deputy head of the Department of Science and Technology Development under China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I).

The preparation work has been going well, said Liu, also a deputy to the ongoing parliament session. He added the government should work out regulations on the development of large civil aircraft "as soon as possible" to ensure the project processes smoothly.

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