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Boeing’s 1st overseas plant starts construction

CONSTRUCTION of Boeing’s first overseas facility as part of its 737 production system started yesterday in Zhoushan, a port city in Zhejiang Province.

The construction will consist of two parts — a Boeing 737 completion center and a delivery center.

It is scheduled to be completed in 2018. After completion, the facility will deliver eight to 10 planes each month, with an annual production of up to 100 aircraft.

Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) will jointly run the completion center, in which flight entertainment systems and seats will be installed in 737 aircraft.

“Today we all see a vibrant, win-win partnership that supports the growth and development of China’s aviation industry and the economy, as well as the US economy,” said Ray Conner, vice chairman of Boeing Co.

The completion center also provides services such as coating, repairs and maintenance of Boeing aircraft.

The 737 delivery center is solely owned by Boeing.

Boeing and COMAC signed a deal in October 2016 to set up the plant in Zhoushan, 287 kilometers southeast of Shanghai.

Conner said Boeing supplies 150-200 of airplanes to Chinese customers a year, accounting for a quarter of Boeing’s global delivery. One third of the jets are Boeing 737s.

“The completion and delivery centers will bring 737 MAX closer to Chinese customers, who will take delivery right here in China,” he said.


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