Boeing raises forecast for new aeroplane demand in China

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20-year outlook projects 7,200+ new aeroplanes, valued at $1.1 trillion

6.3 percent increase over 2016 forecast

Boeing projects a demand for 7,240 new aeroplanes in the country over the next 20 years valued at nearly $1.1 trillion dollars.

Boeing’s annual China Current Market Outlook (CMO) was released today in Beijing, with total aeroplane demand rising 6.3 percent over last year’s forecast.

China’s continuous economic growth, significant investment in infrastructure, growing middle-class and evolving airline business models support this long-term outlook,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “China’s fleet size is expected to grow at a pace well above the world average, and almost 20 percent of global new airplane demand will be from airlines based in China.”

Single-aisle aeroplanes continue to be the foundation of domestic and regional fleets in China. Boeing sees the need for 5,420 new single-aisle aeroplanes through 2036, accounting for 75 percent of the total new deliveries. Full-service airlines and low-cost carriers have been adding new single-aisle aeroplanes and expanding new point-to-point services to cater for both leisure and business travel demand in China and throughout Asia.

Tinseth said the backlog from Chinese customers demonstrates that the new 737 MAX 8 remains at the heart of the single-aisle market.

Boeing forecasts the widebody fleet over the next 20 years will require 1,670 new aeroplanes. Airlines continue to shift to small and medium wide-body aeroplanes for long-haul expansion and flexibility. Primary demand for very large widebodies going forward will be in the freighter market.

China’s outbound travel market continues its rapid growth toward 200 million passengers annually,” said Tinseth. “With new technologies, superior capabilities and advanced efficiency, the 787 and 777X families will play a key role in supporting the growth of China’s long-haul market.”

New Airplane China Deliveries Through 2036

Airplane type

Seats

Total deliveries

Dollar value

Regional jets

90 and below

150

$10B

Single-aisle

90-230

5,420

$570B

Small wide-body

200-300

940

$260B

Medium/large wide-body

300 and above

550

$190B

Freighter widebody

180

$60B

Total

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7,240
(18% of world total)

$1.09T
(18% of world total)

Worldwide, Boeing projects the need for 41,030 new commercial aeroplanes over the next 20 years valued at $6.1 trillion dollars. The complete forecast is available at www.boeing.com/cmo.

Today, Boeing jets are the mainstay of China’s air travel and cargo system. More than 50 percent of all the commercial jetliners operating in China are Boeing aeroplanes.

Meanwhile, China has a component role on every current Boeing commercial aeroplane model – the Next-Generation 737, 747, 767, 777, as well as the world’s most technologically advanced aeroplane, the 787 Dreamliner. Over 9,000 Boeing aeroplanes fly throughout the world with integrated China-built parts and assemblies.

BEIJING, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/

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