US airframer Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Chinese state-owned aviation firm Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) said they will work together to expand AVIC capabilities to include interior commodities such as passenger seats, galleys, lavatories and in-flight entertainment systems for commercial airplanes.
The two companies said they signed a memorandum of understanding for this interior payload initiative at the 2012 Zhuhai Airshow.
Boeing said that global demand for its airplanes is at an all-time high with more than 4,200 airplanes in the company's backlog. The company claims that the collaboration with AVIC will support China's growing aerospace manufacturing industry and expand opportunities for airlines around the world to continue to customize airplane interiors to create market differentiation.
The US airframer said it has been working with AVIC for more than 20 years, and AVIC currently manufactures parts for the Next-Generation 737, 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner.
As the largest non-Chinese customer of China's aviation industry, Boeing has purchased more than US $1.5 billion in hardware and services from China since the 1980s and said it expects to double its annual procurement in coming years. Some 6,000 Boeing airplanes fly throughout the world with parts and assemblies built in China.
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