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Congo: Govt. to acquire Chinese ARJ21 aircraft

The Congolese government is to acquire Chinese-built ARJ21 aircraft, according to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Chinese companies COMAC and Avic International, on the sidelines of the international aerospace exhibition held 14-20 July in Farnborough, Great Britain.

The Congolese Ministry of Transport announced the signing of the MoU in a statement issued here Thursday, saying the decision to purchase the aircraft was made during a state visit to China in June by Congolese President Denis Sassou N’Guesso.

The ARJ21 can carry 70 to 90 passengers and is suitable for domestic and regional flights.

The statement did not say how many of the aircraft are to be acquired.

Congo has already acquired MA60 aircrafts, a turboprop manufactured by the Chinese company Avic International, for the national carrier, Air Congo.


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