Boeing delivered a record number of airplanes to China last year. China Daily — citing Darren Hulst, Northeast Asia marketing managing director of Boeing Commercial Airplanes — says that the company reported deliveries of 200 aircraft to Chinese airlines and lessors in 2015.
Boeing is currently projecting demand in China for 6,330 new airplanes over the next 20 years, valued at $950 billion. This includes 4,630 single-aisle aircraft for what is becoming the world’s largest domestic air travel market. Boeing is expected to announce soon the location of a Chinese completion centre for its narrow-body aircraft.
Airbus, which delivered 158 aircraft to China last year, recently broke ground on the A330 Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) in Tianjin. The A330 C&DC will be located on the same site as the Airbus Tianjin A320 Family Final Assembly Line and the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre.
According to Boeing, its activity in China contributes $800m to $1bn annually in support of China’s economy, including procurement, joint venture revenues, operations, training, and research and development investment.