Boeing eyes China's booming air delivery market
"In emerging markets, led by China, we've seen huge demand for freighters from e-commerce and express delivery entities," said Anbessie Yitbarek, Boeing vice president of Customer Support for Asia Pacific.
"The Northeast Asia region is the fastest growing e-commerce trading bloc, with China at the front," Yitbarek told Xinhua.
Boeing provides more than 90 percent of the world's freighter capacity.
It forecasts that, over the next 20 years, there will be demand for more than 1,000 converted freighters the size of the 737-series. China's domestic air freight will account for one-third of the global market.
To meet the demand, Boeing will offer services including the 737-800 Boeing converted freighter (BCF) program.
"The program is an economical choice in the standard-body freighter market", said Yitbarek.
Boeing has the 737-800 BCF program in Shanghai, launched in 2016, the converted planes will be certificated in the second to third quarter, and the planes will be delivered, on schedule, in the fourth quarter of 2017.
According to Yitbarek, a passenger plane can be converted into a freighter after it has been in operation for approximately 15-20 years. ■