Boeing Predicts China Will Need 8,560 New Commercial Airplanes by 2042

According to Boeing’s Commercial Market Outlook (CMO), China’s commercial airline fleet will more than double to nearly 9,600 jets by 2042. The forecast predicts that China will require a total of 8,560 new commercial airplanes over the next 20 years, driven by strong economic growth and increasing demand for domestic air travel. China’s domestic aviation market is expected to become the largest in the world by the end of the forecast period, accounting for one-fifth of the world’s airplane deliveries in the next two decades.

The demand for single-aisle airplanes, such as the Boeing 737 MAX family, will be significant, with a projected need for 6,470 of these aircraft. Additionally, Chinese carriers will require 1,550 widebody airplanes to support the growing network of international routes. Furthermore, the growth of e-commerce and express shipping will drive the demand for 190 new freighter deliveries.

To meet the demand, China will require approximately 433,000 new aviation personnel, including pilots, technicians, and cabin crew members. In terms of aviation services, the commercial fleet will generate a demand of $675 billion, encompassing maintenance, repair, training, and spare parts.

China has already surpassed pre-pandemic levels of domestic air traffic, and international traffic is steadily recovering. As China’s economy continues to grow, Boeing’s wide range of commercial jets will play a crucial role in meeting the sustainable and economic growth in air travel.

Boeing has a long history in China, with 2023 marking the 50th year of Boeing airplanes’ service in the country. In 1972, China ordered 10 707 jets from Boeing to modernize its commercial fleet. Today, Boeing airplanes are integral to China’s air travel and cargo system.

Boeing’s complete forecast can be accessed on its website: [source]

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– Commercial Market Outlook (CMO): Boeing’s long-term forecast of demand for commercial airplanes and related services. It provides insights into the global aviation industry and predicts future trends and requirements.
– Single-aisle airplanes: Narrow-body aircraft that typically have a single aisle with a seating capacity of around 100 to 230 passengers.
– Widebody airplanes: Wide-body aircraft that have a larger fuselage, usually with two aisles, and are capable of carrying more passengers and cargo than single-aisle airplanes.
– Freighter: An aircraft designed specifically for the transportation of cargo.