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China to need more than 6,000 new planes by 2033: Boeing

Published on Sep 4, 2014 6:05 PM
 
This picture taken on Sept 3, 2014 shows an Air China Boeing 747 preparing to land at Beijing Capital International airport. China will need more than 6,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years, US manufacturer Boeing forecast Thursday - an increase of almost 500 on its equivalent prediction last year. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China will need more than 6,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years, US manufacturer Boeing forecast Thursday - an increase of almost 500 on its equivalent prediction last year.

Flight demand in the world's most populous country and second-largest economy is increasing and diversifying, Boeing said in its new Current Market Outlook for the country.

Chinese new aircraft demand will reach 6,020 planes worth US$870 billion (S$1.08 trillion) during the 2014-2033 period, it said, compared to last year's 20-year demand forecast of 5,580 planes.

Underscoring the dramatic increase in passenger demand, Boeing said that a total of 6,930 passenger aircraft will be plying China's skies in 2033, three times the current 2,310.

 
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