The Boeing 737-800 NG is widely used around the world.
The Boeing 737-800 NG, the model that crashed in China on Monday, is a worker of the skies.
According to Sirium, an aviation data provider, there are about 25,000 passenger airlines in service around the world. Of these, about 4,200 or 17 percent are Boeing 737-800 NG. China is home to about 1,200 of those planes, followed by about 1,000 in Europe and about 800 in the United States.
American Airlines has 265 737-800 NGs in service, while Southwest Airlines has 205, United Airlines has 136 and Delta Air Lines has 77, according to Cerium. According to figures from Boeing, Boeing delivered about 5,000 aircraft to customers between 1998 and 2020.
China is the largest market for Boeing aircraft after the United States. Last year, Boeing projected that the number of commercial aircraft in China would double by 2040, with Chinese airlines needing 8,700 new planes by then, valued at about $1.47 trillion.
The country is perhaps more important to Boeing’s major rival, Airbus. Last year, Airbus delivered 142 commercial aircraft to its largest single-country market, China, which represents a quarter of Airbus’ global commercial aircraft production.
Airbus has a large assembly line in the city of Tianjin, which produces the A320 single-aisle plane and the A330 wide-body passenger jet. It also has links with Chinese airline and helicopter operators, and many of the components in Airbus jets are made by Chinese companies. The value of the Airbus and Chinese collaboration reached nearly $500 million in 2015.
Liz Alderman Contributed to reporting.
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