Boeing has predicted China will need up to 6,810 aircraft through to 2035 in order to meet passenger and growth demand.
In its annual China Current Market Outlook published on Tuesday (September 13), the aircraft manufacturer estimates the value of the projected aircraft deliveries will amount to more than $1tn, making China the first trillion-dollar market to feature in a Boeing forecast.
75 per cent of the forecast deliveries will be comprised of narrowbodies, with rising business and leisure travel demand prompting low-cost carriers and full-service airlines to add to their fleets.
China’s widebody fleet is also predicted to treble in size, requiring 1,560 new jets.
"As China transitions to a more consumer-based economy, aviation will play a key role in its economic development," said Randy Tinseth, vice-president of marketing for Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes division.
"Because travel and transportation are key services, we expect to see passenger traffic grow 6.4 percent annually in China over the next 20 years."