Boeing delivered its 2,000th
airplane to a Chinese operator on Friday, a 737 MAX for Xiamen
Boeing delivered its first 1,000 airplanes to Chinese
airlines over four decades. The next 1,000 Boeing jets have now
been delivered in just over the past five years. The rapid pace continues
as one in four Boeing-made commercial jet goes to a Chinese
operator, either through direct purchase or lease.
The new 737 MAX delivered
sports a special logo commemorating the milestone. It is the
eighth MAX airplane to join fast-growing Xiamen Airlines, which
operates the largest all-Boeing fleet in China with more than 200
The carrier also uses Boeing Global Services to improve the
efficiency of its network and operations. Xiamen is the first
Chinese airline to use Optimized Maintenance Program, which
leverages Boeing AnalytX to recommend customized airplane
"We're pleased to be a part of this historic
delivery for Boeing and China," said Che Shanglun, chairman of
Xiamen Airlines. "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."
commercial fleet is expected to more than double over the next 20
years. Boeing forecasts that China will need 7,690 new airplanes,
valued at $1.2 trillion, by 2038.
Boeing also forecasts China will
experience strong growth in the commercial services market with
demand growing $1.5 trillion over the next 20 years, accounting
for 17 percent of world demand.
China also plays a major role
in building the world's jetliners. The Chinese aerospace
manufacturing industry supplies parts for every Boeing jet,
including the 737 MAX, 777, and 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing and the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) are set
to deliver the first 737 MAX airplane from a completion and
delivery center in Zhoushan, China. The facility will handle
interior work and exterior painting of 737 MAXs for the Chinese
market. Final assembly work will continue to be done at Boeing's
factory in Renton, Wash.
Boeing activity in China is valued at
more than $1 billion in economy activity in China. This includes
procurement from Boeing's extensive supply base, joint venture
revenues, operations, training, and research and development
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