KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 (Bernama) -- The Boeing Company, China's leading provider of passenger airplanes, projects that China will require 5,000 new commercial airplanes valued at US$600 billion over the next 20 years.
"Sustained strong economic growth, growing trade activities, increasing personal wealth and income, as well as continued market liberalization will be the driving forces in shaping China's air travel market," said Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Marketing, who shared the forecast on Wednesday, Sep 7 that featured Boeing's outlook for China's commercial airplane market through 2030 in a statement from Beijing.
"We expect China will be the second largest country taking new commercial airplane deliveries due to its air travel demand growing at an annual rate of 7.6 percent on average."
Boeing forecasts that small and intermediate twin-aisles, such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777, will be a significant part of these deliveries.
They are expected to constitute over 40 percent of the market in value, with some 1,040 deliveries anticipated.
Major Chinese airlines, taking advantage of their membership in the major airline alliances, will gradually shift their focus from domestic to international markets to become competitive global players, Tinseth pointed out.
As a result of the boost for China's inbound tourism, the single-aisle market will also remain strong, with total deliveries reaching 3,550.
Tinseth said the new 737 MAX family will allow Boeing to continue to deliver the most fuel-efficient, most capable airplane with the lowest operating costs in the single-aisle market segment.
Worldwide, Boeing projects investments of US$4 trillion for 33,500 new commercial airplanes to be delivered during the next 20 years.
The complete forecast is available at www.boeing.com/commercial/cmo/index.html.