A Next Generation 737-800 is the 1000th airplane that Boeing has delivered to China, as the US company’s airplanes are the majority of commercial jetliners operated in China:
The US airplane producer and China Eastern Airlines celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th airplane for China, one of the world’s most dynamic markets for commercial airplanes. The US manufacturer forecasts that China will need 5,260 new airplanes, valued at $670 billion, in the next 20 years. ”We take great pride in the partnership that Boeing and China have shared for more than 40 years. The US airplanes producer greatly values China as both a customer and a supplier partner,” said Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “This delivery symbolizes the tremendous accomplishments we have achieved together along with the significant trust and confidence that Chinese airlines have placed in Boeing’s products and services. The US company is committed to advancing our partnership with China for decades to come.” The 1,000th airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800 with the Boeing Sky Interior painted in special peacock livery, will join China Eastern Yunnan Airlines. China Eastern currently operates the largest 737 fleet among Chinese airlines. ”We’re pleased to be part of this historic delivery for Boeing and China,” said Tang Bing, vice president of China Eastern Airlines. “We look forward to working with Boeing to leverage the reliability, comfort, economics and good environmental performance of Boeing airplanes, and bring more value to our customers.” The airplanes comprise the majority of commercial jetliners operated in China, providing dependable, efficient service to more than 20 different Chinese airlines. Chinese suppliers contribute parts and components to every current Boeing commercial airplane model, including 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787. Today more than 7,000 Boeing’s airplanes operating throughout the world use major parts and assemblies from China.
More importantly, Boeing expects to increase its deliveries in China market by 60% during 2013:
Boeing Co is expected to increase its deliveries to China by 60 percent this year, the head ofits operation in the country said on Friday, with orders for its full range of aircraft, including itstroubled 787 Dreamliner jet. Marc Allen, president of Boeing China, said the manufacturing giant expected to deliver morethan 120 aircraft to Chinese airlines in 2013, including its 1,000th airplane to the country this month. Single-aisle aircraft such as the Boeing 737 will be most popular type delivered. Allen expected China’s economy and its civil aviation sector to grow faster this year than in2012. However, the upbeat assessment of Boeing’s coming 12 months in China met with skepticismby some aviation experts, who think manufacturers will struggle to see a rise in new orders thisyear. Zou Jianjun, a professor at the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China, said 2012 hadbeen a tough year for the industry, with growth slowing. ”The civil aviation industry still needs time to recover. It will grow in 2013, but the market is stillfar from its peak time.” China’s air transport volumes grew 6.1 percent in 2012, considerably lower than previousyears. Boeing’s reputation was dented after two high-profile battery malfunctions on Dreamliners ledto international aviation regulators grounding the company’s flagship jet in mid-January.
The 737-800 airplane is produced at an increased production rate, as the US company tries to cover increased global demand:
The US airplane maker has rolled out the first Next-Generation 737 built at the new production rate of 38 airplanes a month. Panamanian customer Copa Airlines will take delivery of the 737-800 in early April. The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the next three weeks before being delivered. The US company is in the process of increasing the production rate on its 737 program from 35 to 38 airplanes per month because of market demand for the world’s best-selling commercial jetliner. Next year, the 737 production rate will increase to 42 airplanes per month.Copa Airlines operates a fleet of more than 50 Next-Generation 737s.
Finally, global demand for commercial airplanes is expected to increase, representing positive economic growth. The delivery of the 1000th 737-800 to China proves this trend in the civil aviation industry…