Boeing has delivered its 1,000th commercial jet for a Chinese airline, a 737-800 which the manufacturer handed over to China Eastern Yunnan Airlines on March 28.
The manufacturer forecasts that China will need 5,260 new commercial aircraft, valued at $670 billion, in the next 20 years.
Boeing’s milestone 1,000th jet for China’s airlines is fitted with the Boeing Sky Interior and is painted in a special peacock livery.
The Boeing 737-800 will join China Eastern Yunnan Airlines. China Eastern Airlines and its subsidiaries China Eastern Yunnan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and China United Airlines currently operate the largest Boeing 737 fleet among Chinese carriers.
China Eastern-owned airlines have 185 Being 737s in service and on order, almost all of them aircraft of the Boeing 737NG family.
Boeing aircraft comprise the majority of commercial jetliners operated in China and are in service with more than 20 different Chinese airlines.
Chinese suppliers contribute parts and components to every current Boeing commercial aircraft model, including the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 families. Today more than 7,000 Boeing jets operating throughout the world use major parts and assemblies from China.
Headquartered in Shanghai, China Eastern Airlines is one of the three major airlines in mainland China.
Flying a fleet of more than 400 long-haul and short-haul aircraft with an average age of less than seven years, China Eastern Airlines carries nearly 70 million travelers annually and ranks among the world’s top five airlines in terms of passenger volume.