Boeing has delivered its 2,000th aircraft to China, a 737 Max 8 for Xiamen Airlines.
The CFM International Leap-1B-powered jet sports a special logo commemorating the milestone. It is Xiamen Airlines’, an all-Boeing operator, eighth Max.
Boeing says it took four decades to deliver its first 1,000 aircraft to the Chinese market. The next 1,000 jets were however delivered 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," it adds.
China’s commercial aircraft fleet is expected to more than double over the next 20 years. Boeing is forecasting demand for 7,690 new aircraft, valued at $1.2 trillion, by 2038. It also expects China to experience strong growth in the commercial services market with demand growing by $1.5 trillion over the next 20 years.
Chinese companies are also major industrial partners for Boeing, supplying parts for every of its aircraft type. This month, Boeing and Comac are set to deliver the first 737 Max from its completion and delivery centre in Zhoushan. The facility will handle interior work and painting of 737 Max aircraft for the Chinese market.
“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, fueling significant growth in Boeing’s business, the US economy, and the Chinese aviation industry,” says Boeing’s senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing Ihssane Mounir.