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Boeing to build plant in Zhoushan

BOEING and Chinese plane manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) will start to build a Boeing 737 completion center in Zhoushan at the end of March, set to make its first delivery in 2018.

This is Boeing’s first overseas facility as part of its 737 production system, and aimed to deliver 100 Boeing 737 planes a year.

In the joint-venture completion center, Boeing’s 737 aircraft will be installed with flight entertainment systems and seats. The plant in Zhoushan, 287 kilometers southeast of Shanghai, also provides services such as coating, repair and maintenance of Boeing aircraft.

Boeing and COMAC signed an agreement in October to set up the Zhoushan plant, which will consist of two parts: the 737 completion center, a joint venture of Boeing and COMAC, and the 737 delivery center owned by Boeing.

Building of the delivery center will start at the end of March.

To accommodate aircraft making in Zhoushan, Putuoshan Airport in the city is undergoing a 750 million yuan (US$109 million) expansion to become an international airport.

The Zhoushan aviation base will also develop an entire industrial chain for aircraft making, being able to assemble, deliver and modify 600 aircraft a year by 2025.


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