BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- Of the 863 operating
civil planes in China by November 2005, 534 are from Boeing company of the
United States, a senior Chinese civil aviation executive said here Tuesday.
"Calculated according to the catalogue price, China has spent nearly 40 billion U.S. dollars on purchasing
planes from the United States," said Li Jiaxiang, president of the China
National Aviation Holding Company, at the China-US Business Forum opened here
He said that growth in China's civil aviation
industry has contributed tremendously to development of Sino-US economic and
trade relations. "The greatest beneficiary is the US plane manufacturing
business," said Li.
"China purchases a large number of plane engines,
aero-electric equipment, accessories and advanced navigating devices each year
and enjoys maintenance service provided by U.S. companies," said Li.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of employees of China's
airplane companies have received various forms of professional training in the
U.S., which have brought more profits to the U.S. aviation field, Li said.
"The growth of China's civil aviation has provided
hundreds of thousands job opportunities to the U.S. aviation industry, which
proves that the two nations have win-win economic and trade relations," said Li.
China's airline companies ordered 60 B787 aircraft
and 70 B737 aircraft in 2005 alone, with a total price of more than 11 billion
U.S. dollars, ranking 2005 as China's largest plane purchasing year.
China has entered the development of transportation
in the 11th Five-Year Development Program (2006-2010) and will need over 2,600
new planes in the coming 20 years, valued at a price of more than 213 billion
U.S dollars, according to the latest analysis by the Boeing company.
China will purchase more than 100 airliners each year
from 2006 to 2010, Gao Hongfeng, deputy director general of China's General
Administration of Civil Aviation told a press conference here on Tuesday.
However, official statistics say that the number of
Chinese air travelers is quite small, with each Chinese only flying 0.06 time
per year on average, while each American can fly 2.2 times a year.
Experts predict that China will see an annual
increase of more than 22 million middle-class consumers and will have become the
largest tourist destination country and the fourth largest source of tourists
before 2020, with the number of Chinese traveling abroad to reach 100 million.
China signed an agreement with the United States in
Dec. 2004 to promote bilateral travel and tourism cooperation and the U.S. will
be completely open to Chinese tourists in the foreseeable future.
Li said, the huge potential consumption by Chinese
tourists in the U.S. will be conducive to narrowing the Sino-U.S. trade deficit.
China and the U.S. should promote bilateral economic
and trade ties under an effective communication mechanism, Li said, and airline
companies of both countries should strengthen cooperation by investing and
holding shares in each other's transport companies.
The number of air travelers in China soared to 138
million in 2005, doubling the 2000 figure, due to increases in disposable income
and economic activities, said Gao of the CAAC. Enditem