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China's homegrown jet seeks to spread its wings in Indonesia

Without standard certificate, ARJ21 struggles to be adopted by overseas carriers

The ARJ21 at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in December 2021. China's first homegrown passenger plane seats from 78 to 90 passengers. It is set to make its long-awaited overseas debut after receiving approval from Indonesia's Transportation Ministry. (Photo by Yao Tianqi)

SHANGHAI/JAKARTA -- A jet emblazoned with the navy and yellow stripes of Indonesian carrier TransNusa took off for a test flight from the Shanghai Pudong International Airport last month.

The ARJ21, developed by the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, or COMAC, is the nation's first homegrown passenger plane. It is set to make its long-awaited overseas debut after receiving approval from Indonesia's Transportation Ministry, a significant step in China's jet ambitions.

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