Adds To Earlier 737 Orders
Boeing's production line in Renton, WA is in no danger of
running out of work, especially after China Southern Airlines, the
largest airline in The People's Republic of China, announced this
week the carrier has ordered 55 additional Next-Generation 737-700s
and 737-800s for its expanding fleet.
At list prices, the order is valued at $3.8 billion. The model
mix was not disclosed.
The 55 airplanes announced Thursday will supplement the 129 737s
already in China Southern's fleet, as well as 14 more 737s yet to
be delivered from previous orders. Collectively, the airplanes will
progressively lower the average age of the China Southern Airlines
fleet -- already one of the youngest in China.
"We look forward to placing our new 737s into our expanding
network," said China Southern Airlines President Si Xian Min. "This
order is based on our great experience with the 737, which is
highly reliable, highly efficient and preferred by our
"Boeing and China Southern Airlines have been working together
for nearly two decades," said Rob Laird, vice president of
Sales/China, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "China's aviation future
is very strong and we believe the Boeing 737 family will continue
to play a pivotal role in the development of its domestic
The largest airline in
The People's Republic of China for the past 23 years, China
Southern Airlines connects a growing list of major business and
vacation destinations served in China and around the world,
including Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong, Kunming,
Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan. International service includes
Amsterdam, Bangkok, Fukuoka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur,
Jakarta, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Osaka, Penang, Phnom Penh,
Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
During the next 20 years, Boeing projects that China will be the
world's second largest market for commercial jetliners, trailing
only the United States. Domestic passenger traffic growth in China
is expected to increase an average of 9 percent annually during the
Boeing has unfilled Next-Generation 737 orders for more than
1,700 airplanes worth more than $120 billion at current list
With those numbers, one could say Boeing will stop building 737s
when pigs fly... but, well...