Industry Boeing delivers first aircraft from facility in Zhoushan

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Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has announced, that it has delivered the first new B737 from its center in Zhoushan, China.

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With joint venture partner Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC), Boeing celebrated the first delivery of an aircraft from Zhoushan. In the Chinese city, Boeing has established a new completion and delivery centre.

20 months ago, construction work started at the site. In total, the facility area measures 100-acre and it represents the first facility from Boeing outside of the United States. Boeing has worked together with the Zhejiang Provincial and Zhoushan Municipal Governments to realize this project. In the future, the facility will be expanded to gain full operationality.

The first customer to receive a Zhoushan-finished aircraft was Air China. The carrier received its B737 MAX8, which was assembled in Renton (United States), over the course of a delivery ceremony. Boeing stated, that this delivery marks a new era in the manufacturer┬┤s partnership with the Chinese aviation industry.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister said: "This moment signifies our growing partnership with China that stretches back over nearly half a century [...] We're proud of our long relationship with the Chinese government, airlines and industry partners and the trust they place in Boeing."

Zhao Yuerang, president of COMAC added: "Congratulations to Boeing for delivering the first 737 MAX from Zhoushan [...] This is a significant milestone of Boeing's efforts to deepen its footprint in China, as well as to support the growth of China's airline industry, opening an era of the collaboration between the two airplane manufacturers of us."

At the facility, Chinese customers will receive new aircraft. All aircraft that are being delivered to Zhoushan, will receive their complete interior there. Main assembly however will still be performed in the United States. In the future, three paint hangers will enable the manufacturer to provide paintworks on site.

All 737 MAX family members will be supported in Zhoushan, from the MAX7 to the MAX10. Boeing plans to transfer the customer acceptance activities and delivery formalities of Chinese customers to the facility as well.

The Chinese market is one of the most important ones for Boeing. Statistics say, that about one third of all 737 deliveries is going to a Chinese customer. With especially the Chinese┬┤s aviation sector booming in the coming years, the move to strengthen its presence at China with a facility is only logical for Boeing.

Recently, Boeing has released, that it forecasts China will need 7,680 new aircraft worth US$1.2 trillion over the next 20 years. The country is well on course to become the largest commercial aviation market in the world. With the growing fleet of aircraft comes the need for support services, that Boeing forecasts with another US$1.5 trillion.

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