Zhuhai10: AVIC International orders 100 ARJ21s

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AVIC International has signed an agreement with the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (Comac) to purchase 100 ARJ21 regional jets to market to international customers.

AVIC International is the international marketing arm of Chinese state-owned aerospace conglomerate Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC).

"The two companies will form an international marketing partnership and work together to promote China's new regional jet to overseas markets," say Comac and AVIC International.

Comac aims to have the first delivery of its ARJ21 by the end of 2011, after it receives certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Most of the current orders for the ARJ21 are from domestic carriers, but Lao Airlines, which has ordered two aircraft, will likely be the ARJ21's first foreign operator.

Including the latest order from AVIC International, Comac reportedly has more than 300 orders for the regional jet.