Boeing marked the delivery of the 1,000th airplane for China.
Boeing forecasts that China will need 5,260 new airplanes, valued at $670 billion, in the next 20 years.
The 1,000th airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800 with the interior painted in special peacock livery, will join China Eastern Yunnan Airlines.
China Eastern operates the largest 737 fleet among Chinese airlines.
“We take great pride in the partnership that Boeing and China have shared for more than 40 years,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said. “This delivery symbolizes the tremendous accomplishments we have achieved together along with the significant trust and confidence that Chinese airlines have placed in Boeing’s products and services.”
The majority of commercial jetliners in China are Boeing aircraft.
“We’re pleased to be part of this historic delivery for Boeing and China,” Tang Bing, vice president of China Eastern Airlines, said. “We look forward to working with Boeing to leverage the reliability, comfort, economics and good environmental performance of Boeing airplanes, and bring more value to our customers.”