Boeing has signed a memorandum of understanding with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to collaborate on interiors for commercial aircraft.
Under the MoU, Boeing will work with AVIC to grow its capabilities in aircraft interior furnishings, such as passenger seats, galleys, lavatories and in-flight entertainment systems, with a view to making AVIC products available to Boeing customers as buyer-furnished equipment.
"AVIC has been an important partner to Boeing for many years, and this mutually beneficial collaboration will further enhance their capabilities, while adding value for Boeing and its customers," says Boeing vice president supply chain management and operations Stan Deal.
At a media conference held at Airshow China, Deal added that the agreement would address an area of concern for Boeing.
"Increased demand has generated demand for new interiors and this has become a key pinch point in our supply chain," he says.
"AVIC's ability to develop and deliver world-class payload interiors to airline customers increases their options and improves Boeing's competitiveness," he adds.
AVIC and Boeing have had a long supplier relationship, with the Chinese company producing aircraft parts for Boeing since the 1980s.