Boeing's China Problem

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  • Published: 10 September 2019
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    References:
    [1] data.worldbank.org/indicator/IS.AIR.PSGR?locations=CN
    [2] iata.org/pressroom/pr/Documents/TopTenPaxMarkets_graph.pdf
    [3] scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/3024610/you-can-buy-russias-putin-pitches-su-57-stealth-jets
    [4] skift.com/2019/01/08/boeing-edges-airbus-to-stay-worlds-biggest-commercial-aircraft-manufacturer/
    [5] s2.q4cdn.com/661678649/files/doc_financials/annual/2019/Boeing-2018AR-Final.pdf
    [6] cnbc.com/2019/02/04/boeing-stock-all-time-high-on-china-demand-production-acceleration.html
    [7] graphics.reuters.com/ETHIOPIA-AIRPLANE/010091341G7/index.html
    [8] routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/283437/what-routes-does-the-boeing-737-max-8-fly/
    [9] airbus.com/newsroom/news/en/2018/09/airbus--china-assembly-facility-marks-10-years-of-quality-manufa.html
    [10] wsj.com/articles/boeing-and-its-737-max-jets-have-a-china-problem-11554904340
    [11] nytimes.com/2019/03/13/business/china-boeing.html
    [12] apnews.com/88d5235d2107400680d8b0870d30d218
    [13] marketplace.org/2019/02/11/ceo-americas-biggest-exporter-manufacturing-america-doing-business/
    [14] bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-25/airbus-is-said-to-seal-long-awaited-aircraft-order-from-china
    [15] mhi.com/news/story/190625.html
    [16] ukranews.com/en/news/612803-antonov-planning-to-resume-production-of-an-148-an-158-and-an-178-planes-in-2019
    [17] telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/china-comac-919-new-plane-ryanair/

Comments • 2 811

  • Abhay Gupta
    Abhay Gupta  5 minutes back

    Bloody Chinese all low quality product manufacturer huh

    • Ming Fang
      Ming Fang  3 hours back

      The challenge of Boeing is quality not opportunity.

      • Adolf Galand
        Adolf Galand  3 hours back

        Let's start a trade war, that'll solve Boeings problems.

        • Roger Froud
          Roger Froud  4 hours back

          The biggest long term issue is definitely that China will eventually make their own aircraft, just like they've made everything else. You can bet they're stealing the IP for these and are reverse engineering what they can't steal. Once they're starting making their own, the rest of the world can kiss goodbye to selling them any aircraft.

          • Steve P
            Steve P  4 hours back

            China is building it's very own airliner.
            With technology stolen from Western Companies.
            In the years prior to the institution of "controls" on technology , China robbed us blind.

            • The Philosopher of Culture

              We all know that American institutions tend to be compromised by the companies that they are supposed to oversee. If the financial interests are large enough and the officials are of low morale, which they at some point of time will be if only by chance, all rules and laws are discarded. This happens to all societies based on money as its principal guiding principle, including South Korea and Japan. The Boeing scandal is just one of many. It started in public awareness with the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant scandal in 1979. It is a flaw of capitalism.

              • M B
                M B  4 hours back

                I think you mean a trio, not a trifecta

                • 閻宇
                  閻宇  5 hours back

                  Look how Macron's smiling. He must be grateful to DT.

                  • anthony wong
                    anthony wong  5 hours back

                    When you are flying in a MAX how many of you have thoughts of will this crash?

                    • DD
                      DD  5 hours back

                      Few things are "always" good. COMPETITION is one of those things that is ALWAYS GOOD. No exceptions.

                      • Zeus Knobblewacker
                        Zeus Knobblewacker  6 hours back

                        I see you didn’t include Taiwan on your map of China...

                        Good.

                        🇹🇼 🇹🇼🇹🇼

                        • Just4Kixs
                          Just4Kixs  6 hours back

                          And thus begins the wane of the USA as the leading nation of the world. That was the past century.
                          It's China's turn this century.

                          • Deren Bong
                            Deren Bong  7 hours back

                            allies? China has no frens, China colonizes countries through debt traps,

                            • BUrton BinGer
                              BUrton BinGer  7 hours back

                              When folks used "propped up" by the defence industry, it becomes unclear what the industry does. Defence, isn't a topic for discussion when soldiers are dying only when we feel safe. President Eisenhower said "beware" the defence industrial complex, you know the one that gave him his win WW2, it's not unheard of bad contracts being pushed through, on one hand but with a 700 billion annual bill money is flowing faster than can be spotted, until it's too late. The government does not "prop-up" Boeing or any other single company it is just as bad with all contractors, history mostly discovers the screwups but in the meantime, we sleep well and are military has enough bullets. So let's not follow an anxious moment for an old General, work on the value of defence, sleep well and prosper.

                              • Deren Bong
                                Deren Bong  7 hours back

                                you're a very naive commentator, u seriously believe everything that China says?

                                • Brad Wolf
                                  Brad Wolf  7 hours back

                                  China has a much stronger 強 position with boeung 寶行。- 郭天元

                                  • Sayan guria
                                    Sayan guria  8 hours back

                                    I generally dislike communists but china took the right decision by grounding MAX. FAA's corrupted behaviour was endangering lives of passenger around world.

                                    • Jlassi Jlali
                                      Jlassi Jlali  8 hours back

                                      it is not FAA corrupted it is more about the Goverment! he with years give them less and less Money ... they really killing it sslowly! ..and this all because Boeing corrupttion ..

                                  • LilacDoe
                                    LilacDoe  9 hours back

                                    You mean the US elected a mentally unstable president and now China is rapidly becoming a world leader... ~shocked~

                                    • Alpha Lobster
                                      Alpha Lobster  10 hours back

                                      Boeing 737, the finest aircraft I have ever flown.

                                      • A. H.
                                        A. H.  10 hours back

                                        The problem is not china, the problem is boeing

                                        • LogicalDrone
                                          LogicalDrone  12 hours back

                                          If Ryan Air or any other non-Chinese airline were to start using the C919, I would never take that flight. I wouldn't trust the build quality.

                                          • JackyDawg12
                                            JackyDawg12  13 hours back

                                            "Just by LOOKING at this plane, you can tell it's built to compete directly with Airbus' A320 and Boeing's 737"
                                            uhhh no I did not notice that

                                            • Yanshuo Li
                                              Yanshuo Li  14 hours back

                                              why wasnt taiwan also red?! china No.1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :))))

                                              • king james488
                                                king james488  15 hours back

                                                "we want compensation for choosing not to use your planes!"

                                                typical china...
                                                I can't wait til they build their own plane and cheap out on everything, kill a bunch of people, and blame boeing/airbus because they copied their planes poorly.

                                                • Chris Edwards
                                                  Chris Edwards  18 hours back

                                                  tfw you haven't filled your China and airplane-related video quota

                                                  • James Collins
                                                    James Collins  18 hours back

                                                    Again .... a Chinese Communist mentality of stealing other people’s technology to make themselves successful.

                                                    • Abhishek Sahu
                                                      Abhishek Sahu  18 hours back

                                                      Please make a video on logistics of movie making..for example all aspects of avengers,from star cast to planning to VFX pipeline

                                                      • shad manigat
                                                        shad manigat  18 hours back

                                                        China is a separate planet, the want to build everything

                                                        • Boruto Shippuden
                                                          Boruto Shippuden  18 hours back

                                                          1:10 where is Asias graph

                                                          • Ket
                                                            Ket  18 hours back

                                                            China is a good market for Test and Computation PMA Replacement Articles.

                                                            • Darth Plagueis
                                                              Darth Plagueis  19 hours back

                                                              i hate China but i like that they challenge the US when it comes to power, The US always think they can get away with everything so someone needs to put them in
                                                              their place

                                                              • Ian Britton
                                                                Ian Britton  20 hours back

                                                                You're wrong. The max is TOAST.

                                                                • Ojoe2010
                                                                  Ojoe2010  20 hours back

                                                                  Too bad they misspelled 'probrem'

                                                                  • Don Ogoobo
                                                                    Don Ogoobo  20 hours back

                                                                    The world used to listen and take clues from the US FAA in most matters having to do with aircraft operation. BUT, now after the 737 MAX debacle, they showed just how deep they were in Boeing's pocket. (By allowing Boeing to fix and regulate them self) The Chinese FAA will now be the world respected regulatory organization for aircraft.

                                                                    • Titus Kilonzo
                                                                      Titus Kilonzo  20 hours back

                                                                      When you say Africa, you mean Kenya?

                                                                      • denis monnoyeur
                                                                        denis monnoyeur  21 hours back

                                                                        M

                                                                        • Antoine Eric
                                                                          Antoine Eric  21 hours back

                                                                          China is playing Boeing againt Airbus and Airbus against Boeing.

                                                                          • Jlassi Jlali
                                                                            Jlassi Jlali  21 hours back

                                                                            Boeing doomed herlsef i mean i watch a documentary that People work with Boeing refuse flying in that plane! because they know how much it is not save! God
                                                                            i watch some documentary about Boeing plane accident! but what make WTF in contract with country they have No right to blame Boeing if the accident was because the plane not the pilote! LOL

                                                                            • Panagiotis Kardaras
                                                                              Panagiotis Kardaras  24 hours back

                                                                              Interesting to see that now COMAC as 3 orders of 35 frames from Air China, China Eastern and China Southern

                                                                              • KendrickMan
                                                                                KendrickMan  1 days back

                                                                                At what point did wendover exclusively become an aviation channel?

                                                                                • xiaobin zhao
                                                                                  xiaobin zhao  1 days back

                                                                                  你这张地图会引战的,注意政治影响。

                                                                                  • abc def
                                                                                    abc def  1 days back

                                                                                    boeing is dead, since boeing lied about 737 max's safety and blamed it on other inncocent countries. just buy airbus's.

                                                                                    • Jlassi Jlali
                                                                                      Jlassi Jlali  21 hours back

                                                                                      i watch a show about egypte Boeing plane accident they Blame copilote when in the end it was problem with the Tail that Boeing admit years later and fix it later!

                                                                                  • William Limarjo
                                                                                    William Limarjo  1 days back

                                                                                    Boeing has worked with US Military and gets so many contracts so far. So does Huawei, get so many contract both from PLA and Chinese Government.
                                                                                    US plays Huawei Card. China plays Boeing Card.
                                                                                    What us the different?

                                                                                    • David Geldberg
                                                                                      David Geldberg  1 days back

                                                                                      Nothing says safety and quality like a chinese made jet LMAO

                                                                                    • imam nurhidayat
                                                                                      imam nurhidayat  1 days back

                                                                                      China has the great ability to do a reverse engineering.. I admit that

                                                                                      • Jesse Politis
                                                                                        Jesse Politis  1 days back

                                                                                        12:20 I want to be in that class.

                                                                                        • anthony li
                                                                                          anthony li  1 days back

                                                                                          TAIWAN IS PART OF CHINA!!!! PLEASE MARK TAIWAN AS PART OF CHINA!!!!!

                                                                                          • souris verte
                                                                                            souris verte  1 days back

                                                                                            overpopulation is obviously a problem...but nobody is doing a thing about it