Eat your heart out guys,
Boeing aircraft to be produced in Zhoushan
US aerospace giant Boeing will soon commence work on a facility inZhoushan, Zhejiang Province.
Once completed, the plant will have the capacity to process the final assembly work of asmany as 100 737 aircraft every year.
The airframes, which will still be manufactured by Boeing in America, will be flown toZhoushan for the installation of fittings, seats and entertainment systems.
Many of these aircraft will be destined for the Chinese market, given that the projectedgrowth of demand over the next few years means that the country will buy as much as $1 trillion worth of aircraft from Boeing, and European rival Airbus.
Boeing is very much behind Airbus in terms of assembling aircraft in China. Airbus hashad a manufacturing plant in Tianjin for several years, with a second facility currentlybeing planned (and coincidentally, one in Alabama, USA).
Despite that, Boeing is working hard to maintain strong ties with China. As we reported inDecember, the company's Vice Chairman had made great efforts during the Presidentialelection campaign to underline the huge importance of the Chinese market to hiscompany.