Boeing and China Eastern Airlines celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th Boeing airplane to China, one of the world's most dynamic markets for commercial airplanes. Boeing forecasts that China will need 5,260 new airplanes, valued at $670 billion, in the next 20 years.
"This is another testimonial that we do remain China’s preferred partner, China’s preferred supplier and this is just another way to celebrate that,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Sales in Northeast Asia.
The 1,000th airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800 with the Boeing Sky Interior and 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."
Boeing airplanes comprise the majority of commercial jetliners operated in China, providing dependable, efficient service to more than twenty 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 airplanes operating throughout the world use major parts and assemblies from China.