Boeing Aircraft Company, as well as other aircraft manufacturers, has announced a number of orders for new aircraft from China’s airlines. This is another indication of the strong growth in aviation in Asia — and the increasing need for more pilots, especially in China.
Air China and Hong Kong Airlines have just ordered Boeing aircraft worth about USD $10 billion. Air China is the first Chinese airline to place an order for the new B-747 model, the B-747-8 intercontinental wide-body aircraft. They are ordering five of these jumbo jets, which can carry 467 passengers.
Hong Kong Airlines and Hainan Airlines have also agreed to buy new jets from Gulfstream and Dassault Falcon. They will buy five Gulfstream G450 and G550 jets and five Dassault Falcon 7Xs (the latter selling for USD $53 million each). These two airlines — their parent company is HNA Group — also signed an agreement with Boeing for 30 787-9s, six 777 cargo aircraft, and two 787-8 VIP jets. These orders from Gulfstream and Dassault also confirm the great and growing market now in China for private and corporate jets. China is the world’s second biggest market for these private and corporate jets after the Middle East.
Why this upsurge in business aircraft in China? Maybe Bombardier Aircraft Company’s regional vice president of business aircraft for China and Asia Pacific has the answer: He said that Chinese companies are now investing overseas, so they need to travel to parts of Africa, South America, and Australia. China is now going overseas to buy and manufacture goods and even to buy companies, so the business situation is changing rapidly there.
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