Boeing has made a new achievement in Asia, with the delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max at its facility in Zhoushan, China.
The new 737 Max jet was delivered in a ceremony for Beijing-based Air China at the Zhoushan Completion and Delivery facility, located outside of Shanghai.
The Zhoushan facility is part of a venture with Boeing and its Chinese partner Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd (COMAC), its first Boeing facility outside the United States. Boeing still produces the 737s in Renton, flies to Zhoushan for completion work that includes interior installation, painting, maintenance and delivery. For Boeing, the facility in China allows for faster delivery and access to maintenance for Chinese customers of the aircraft manufacturer.
While Boeing does completion work in China, its rival Airbus has a decade-long presence in aircraft work in China with its Final Assembly plant in Tianjin, China. Airbus’s Tianjin facility has seen work and assembly of A320 and A330 aircraft to major Chinese airlines. While Boeing maintains most of its manufacturing the United States, Airbus has the Tianjin facility along facilities in Toulouse Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Mobile, Alabama in the United States.
“This is a significant milestone of Boeing’s efforts to deepen its footprint in China, as well as to support the growth of China’s airline industry, opening an era of the collaboration,” Zhao Yuerang, president of COMAC, said in a statement obtained by CNN.