Boeing today delivered its 2,000th commercial airplane (737MAX) to a Chinese operator, Xiamen Airlines.
Boeing delivered its first 1,000 airplanes to Chinese airlines over four decades. The next 1,000 Boeing jets have now been delivered over the past five years.
China has become the biggest market for Boeing as one in four Boeing-made commercial jet goes to a Chinese operator, either through direct purchase or lease.
The new 737 MAX delivered today sports a special logo commemorating the milestone. It is the eighth MAX airplane to join Xiamen Airlines, which operates the largest all-Boeing fleet in China with more than 200 jets.
China’s commercial fleet is expected to more than double over the next 20 years. Boeing forecasts that China will need 7,690 new airplanes, valued at $1.2 trillion, by 2038.