Boeing resumes deliveries to China after two difficult years

U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing said on Tuesday it delivered 32 aircraft to customers in January, including 27 B737 MAXs.

January deliveries include 28 commercial aircraft and four military versions of the group's jetliners. The aircraft manufacturer also received 75 net orders last month.

The start of the year was marked by the first delivery of a Boeing aircraft to China in 15 months. China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of a 777F freighter.

China was the recipient of a quarter of deliveries from Boeing and its competitor Airbus before the cessation of 737 MAX flights in March 2019 and the 2020 health crisis which brought a halt to air transport.

In 2018, Boeing delivered nearly 200 aircraft to Chinese companies. Since then, the group has had to content itself with delivering a handful of cargo planes and a few aircraft ordered by leasing companies to the country, as Chinese demand collapsed even before the pandemic due to trade tensions with the United States . .

Airbus, on the other hand, has continued to deliver to China for the past two years.

Air safety authorities in China ruled in December that the modified version of the 737 MAX was safe enough to return to service. Analysts say flights could resume next month.

China Eastern is one of China's three major state-owned airlines.

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