13 NOVEMBER 2017
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An agreement for the future delivery to China of 300 aircraft worth more than US$37bn provided another high-level public relations coup for Boeing last week during the much-publicised US trade mission to the country.
The deal between the manufacturer and China Aviation Suppliers Holding Company (CASC) was signed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister in the presence of US President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping and includes orders and commitments for single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft.
McAllister said: "China is a valued customer and key partner, and we're proud Boeing airplanes will be a part of its fleet growth for years to come. "Boeing and China have a strong history of working together based on great mutual respect, and these orders build on that foundation."
In a follow-up statement, Boeing said China would continue to work on mutually beneficial ways to grow and support the aviation market.
Meanwhile, Star Alliance member Air China, the country's flag carrier, last week became the first in the country to receive the Boeing B737 MAX 8 as the manufacturer delivered the first of eight the airline has on order. Airlines throughout the country are taking delivery of nearly 100 737 MAXs by the end of next year.
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