Industry Boeing delivers 2,000th aircraft to China

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Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has delivered its 2,000th aircraft to China. Xiamen Airlines took delivery of a brand new 737 MAX.

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The milestone that Boeing has just delivered the 2,000th aircraft to a Chinese customer strongly reflects the accelerating growth in the sector. Not for nothing does China count to the world´s largest commercial aviation markets.

Over four decades, Boeing delivered a total of 1,000 aircraft. Over the past five years, the next 1,000 Boeing jets followed. This rapid pace continues as one in four Boeing jets goes to a Chinese operator.

"We are deeply honoured to have achieved this delivery milestone in close partnership with our great partners in China. Our long-standing industrial relationship in this market has been mutually beneficial, fuelling significant growth in Boeing's business, the U.S. economy, and the Chinese aviation industry," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing of The Boeing Company.  "We are grateful for the trust and confidence of great customers like Xiamen Airlines. Our teams are focused on supporting them by designing and delivering the best airplanes and services in the industry."

Customer of China´s 2,000th Boeing aircraft is Xiamen Airlines. The carrier transferred the B737 MAX 8 to its Homebase. Xiamen currently operates an all-Boeing fleet consisting of 165 aircraft.

Che Shanglun, chairman of Xiamen Airlines added: "We're pleased to be a part of this historic delivery for Boeing and China [...] In our 34-year history of operations, Xiamen Airlines has steadily grown, doubling our fleet size over the past five years and achieving profits for 31 years in a row. Throughout that time, Boeing has been a valued partner in our growth and expansion by providing safe and reliable airplanes."

Recently, Boeing announced that it sees huge growth potential in the Chinese market. Over the next 20 years, the manufacturer sees the countries´ commercial fleet to double its size. According to Boeing, China will need 7,690 new aircraft by 2038.

In China, manufacturing companies produce supply parts for every Boeing jet, including the new 737 MAX, the 777 and the 787 Dreamliner. Additionally, Boeing and COMAC will deliver the first China 737 MAX from Zhoushan. At the facility, the aircraft will receive interior and painting. Final assembly however will continue to be performed in the United States.

Boeing stated, that the value of its activity in China is US$1 billion economically. According to the manufacturer, this includes procurement from the extensive supply base, JV revenues and investments in the training, research and development areas.

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