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China will need 5,260 new planes by 2031: Boeing

Published on Sep 5, 2012 7:54 PM
This picture taken on Sept 4, 2012 shows an Air China plane preparing to land at Beijing Capital International airport. Boeing announced on Sept 5, 5260 planes would be sold in China over the next 20 years worth a total of 670 billion USD. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China will need 5,260 commercial jets by 2031 with an estimated market value of some US$670 billion (S$835.5 billion), according to a forecast on Wednesday from US aviation giant Boeing.

Mr Randy Tinseth, vice-president of marketing for Boeing's commercial airplane section, said the Seattle-based company had revised up its expectations from last year, when it predicted China would need 5,000 new planes by 2030.

Between 2012 and 2031, China will account for 15.5 per cent of the 34,000 airliners to be sold around the world, according to Boeing's projection. The manufacturer said it estimated the number of planes in operation around the world in the next two decades would double from nearly 20,000 to nearly 40,000.

Boeing said the raised projection was linked to China's growing economic strength. "There is a very tight correlation between traffic growth and GDP growth," Mr Tinseth told reporters at a presentation of the report in Beijing, adding the rise in rail traffic was not likely to negatively impact the aviation industry.

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