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Boeing sells first private jet in China
Updated: 2005-09-13 07:07

SEATTLE, United States - US aviation giant Boeing Co. said it had received its first order from China for the ultimate in capitalist playthings -- the private business plane. AFP reported.

A Boeing Business Jet is shown in this photo from www.boeing.com.
The company said the Hong Kong-based operator that is buying the Boeing Business Jet wanted to remain anonymous.

"We are absolutely thrilled and confident that this order will be the first of many in the growing China market for VIP airplanes," BBJ president Steven Hill said.

"Over the next few years, we anticipate steady growth throughout Asia, and the BBJ's spacious cabin, long range and sophisticated communication systems make it an ideal airplane for that region," he added.

The BBJ is derived from Boeing's 737-700, which can seat up to 149 passengers in commercial configuration.

Private planes join other premium objects of desire tapping into demand from China's growing legion of millionaires.

Rolls-Royce Motors is reportedly planning to sell 50 of its luxury cars to well-heeled Chinese buyers this year.

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