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    The family of new Russian Regional Jet (RRJ) aircraft has been renamed Sukhoi SuperJet-100, the head of aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi said Monday.

    LONDON, July 17 (RIA Novosti) - The family of new Russian Regional Jet (RRJ) aircraft has been renamed Sukhoi SuperJet-100, the head of aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi said Monday.

    Mikhail Pogosyan said, "We will shortly present our new aircraft; it is now time to give it a new, more marketable name - Sukhoi SuperJet-100."

    The RRJ project is a family of medium-range passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with major American and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace, and Honeywell.

    The family of RRJ aircraft is represented by the models RRJ-60, RRJ-75, RRJ-95, with seating capacity of 60, 75 and 95, respectively.

    The maiden flight has been set for November 2006; RRJs are to go into service in late 2007-early 2008.

    Sukhoi plans to produce at least 700 RRJs, and intends to sell 35% of them to North America, 25% to Europe, 10% to Latin America, and 7% to Russia and China.

    The RRJ market until 2023 is estimated at 5,400-5,600 units, and valued at $100 billion.

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