Boeing has finished its first jets at a new facility in Eastern China, demonstrating the US aviation company’s commitment to its largest market despite ongoing trade and political tensions, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The “completion and deliver center” will not itself build units, but will paint and fit the interiors of jets constructed in Washington for Chinese airlines. The facility will process 100 jets a year and will employ up to 300 workers.
Boeing China’s president, John Bruns, said that the new plant was “a big deal” and “really demonstrates our commitment to this market.”
Aviation has become a sensitive industry in the trade spat between D.C. and Beijing, given China’s rapidly growing domestic market. In September, China imposed 5% tariffs on US aircraft in a tit-for-tat measure, but notably omitted Boeing from the list.