The People's Republic of China, on Tuesday (8 August), placed a 23-million pound sterling order for six new british Trident jets, which will eventually boost its fleet of the long-range airliner to a total of 15.
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SCU Mr. Johnstone and Mr. Patterson wave to crowd from aircraft
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SCU and TGV Johnstone and Pattenrson talking to Chinese (2 shots)
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MV & CU Engineer explaining to Chinese Trident cockpit layout (4 shots)
GV & SCU Hawker-Siddeley official talking to Chinese in front of Trident No.2 (2 shots)
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Background: The People's Republic of China, on Tuesday (8 August), placed a 23-million pound sterling order for six new british Trident jets, which will eventually boost its fleet of the long-range airliner to a total of 15.
The latest sale was announced by the Hawker-Siddeley Company in Britain almost exactly one year after Peking ordered a first lot of six Tridents from Britain. A spokesman for Hawker-Siddeley, manufacturers of the tail-powered airliner, said first deliveries on the latest order were expected to begin early next year.
The Trident, which can carry up to 140 passengers, cruises at 600 MPH (965 KPH) and has a range of 2,500 miles (4,000 kms). Two years ago China bought four Tridents second-hand from Pakistan.
China's activity in the international aviation market was underscored recently when it became one of the first countries to order three Anglo-French Concorde supersonic airliners. In addition the United States government has granted an export licence for the export to China of 10 Boeing 707 jetliners.
At the Trident production centre in Hatfield on Friday (11 August), Hawker-Siddeley officials and Chinese engineers at the plant greeted Mr. J. Johnstone and Mr. J. Patterson. The two men were returning from Peking, where they had negotiated the latest order for the Tridents.