Renton - On November 30th, Boeing delivered its 2,000th aircraft in China, a 737 MAX for Xiamen Airlines. The delivery of the 2000th aircraft in China also reflects the exponential growth of Boeing as the world's biggest commercial aircraft manufacturer.
Boeing delivered its first 1,000 aircraft to Chinese airlines over four decades. The second 1,000 devices have been delivered in five years only. Today, one of every four commercial planes manufactured by Boeing goes to a Chinese operator by direct purchase or by leasing.
We are deeply honored to have reached this stage of delivery in close collaboration with our excellent partners in China. Our longstanding industrial relationship in this market has been mutually beneficial, fueling significant growth in Boeing, the US economy and Chinese aviation,said Ihssane Mounir, vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for Boeing.
The new 737 MAX has a distinctive logo commemorating this event. The device is the eighth MAX aircraft to join Xiamen Airlines, a fast-growing carrier that operates Boeing's largest fleet in China, with more than 200 jetliners.
The carrier also uses Boeing Global Services to improve the efficiency of its network and operations. Xiamen is the first Chinese airline to benefit from the Boeing's optimized maintenance program based on Boeing AnalytX.
We are pleased to be the part of this historic delivery for Boeing and China. In our 34 years of operation, Xiamen Airlines has grown steadily, doubling the size of its fleet and making profits for 31 consecutive years. Throughout this time, Boeing has been a valuable partner in our growth and expansion,said Che Shanglun, the chairman at Xiamen Airlines.
China's commercial fleet is expected to increase more than double over the next 20 years. Boeing anticipates that China will need 7,690 new aircraft, valued at $1.2 trillion by 2038.
China plays a significant role in the world's commercial aviation industry. The Chinese aerospace industry supplies parts for every Boeing aircraft, including the 737 MAX, 777 and 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing is preparing to deliver the first 737 MAX aircraft this month from its new completion center in Zhoushan, China. The center will handle the interior work and exterior painting of the 737 MAXs for the Chinese market. However, final assembly work will be done at the Boeing plant in Renton, USA.
Boeing's business in China contributes to the Chinese economy more than $1 billion each year. This includes purchases from Boeing's extensive supply base, joint venture revenues, operations, training and investments in research and development.