An NPC delegate who flew to the annual session in his private jet has been hailed by the state media as a big success story among the mainland's private entrepreneurs. Xinhua said the owner of three private jets - worth more than 100 million yuan (HK$94 million) in total - from Hunan province had made a name for himself by flying to the annual session in luxurious style in recent years. The owner of one of the mainland's largest air-conditioner manufacturers, Hunan Yuanda Air-Conditioner Corporation, Zhang Jian, was often asked by other NPC delegates if he flew to Beijing in his private jet, Xinhua said. Apparently enjoying the attention he has drawn, Mr Zhang, 39, said he was planning to buy seven more private jets this year. 'I will add the number of my aircraft to 10 by the end of 2000, and then set up a private jet club,' he said. And he was more than happy to show off to reporters an eight-seat aircraft he bought three years ago from Cessna Aircraft Co. Nowadays, many entrepreneurs could afford their own jets for business trips, he said, and an aviation club would encourage those who wanted to flex their muscles in the private sector. Xinhua said the lavish lifestyle of budding businessmen was evidence of the growing importance of private enterprises to the economy and a result of the Government's encouragement of the private sector. In his work report on Sunday, Premier Zhu Rongji said the central Government would further encourage the growth of the sector.