Dynamic market

It’s been said before and I’ll say it again: China is a crucial market for Boeing today and far into the future. With longstanding carriers expanding international service and new startup and low-cost carriers expanding domestic routes, we see the need for more than 6,000 new airplanes in the country over the next 20 years.

Here are some stats that speak volumes about our engagement in China. Last year, Boeing gained orders and commitments for more than 400 airplanes from Chinese customers. We also set a company record for the most commercial airplanes delivered to China: 155 airplanes - a remarkable one out of every five commercial airplanes produced in Boeing factories.

Over the next 20 years, China will become the world’s largest domestic air travel market with many airlines serving China’s expanding middle class. Just last year, five startups and low-cost carriers — Donghai Airlines, Ruili Airlines, Urumqi Air, Fuzhou Airlines and 9 Air - launched services with new Boeing 737s.

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A 737 for Ruili Airlines.

Four Chinese airlines introduced new Boeing widebody airplanes to serve international routes: China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines began service with their first 777-300ERs. Xiamen Airlines introduced its first 787-8. And the flagship carrier Air China became the first airline in Asia to operate the 747-8 Intercontinental.

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A 747-8 for Air China.

Boeing also continues to expand mutually beneficial partnerships to support the development and long-term growth of China’s commercial aviation industry. We’re working closely with Chinese suppliers that meet our needs for quality, affordability and on-time performance. And we’re partnering with airlines, government agencies and other stakeholders to reduce aviation’s environmental footprint, such as Hainan Airlines’ recent flight using aviation biofuel.

I’m excited about future opportunities for Boeing and our customers in China and look forward to my next visit.

Comments (4)

Walt (Burbank):

You are correct Randy. This is a key market and I hope Boeing will sell more 7478s to Chinese airlines. This photo is a beauty. Take care and best to all of you.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

The intercontinental's longer fuselage looks better with a cheatline/stripes dividing two colors (white on top and grey on bottom) along the windows than a Euro White livery, although many consider liveries with cheatlines outdated.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

China is an important and indispensable market for Boeing and in the coming years with the economy of India growing, I can imagine the need for new aircraft in India coming to parody with the demands of China in the coming decade.

Andrew Boydston (Boise, ID USA):

China is emerging faster than what years of planning can keep up with. Fortunately for Boeing it has brilliant new airline tools. Where as with every aircraft brought into delivery with the fleet it has Boeing's Commercial Aviation Services. China is looking at how it can operate smoothly with its new and expanding asian footprint. Boeing has the ability for plugging China's growing pains with services coming from behind the flightline, clear to the front of the flightline with its just-in-time backing for all its products. This to me is what is key to China and Asia, plugging the holes of operation with the overarching Boeing packages of services until an Asian airlines can stand-up to the rigors unintended consequences from fleet expansion. Boeing will have a customer's back or "six's" until it transitions into the Airlines new shoes it puts on.

Randy could you feature in a journal note, how the Boeing "Edge" plays into the Asian Market?

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