BEIJING – Beijing’s backing of low-cost carriers (LCCs) and the opening of the Chinese market to new entrants has prompted Boeing to markedly upgrade its forecast for the country’s demand for narrowbody airliners. The Chinese-airliner fleet—from regional jets to super jumbos—will grow to 6,930 in 2023, from its current fleet size of 2,310 aircraft in 2013, Boeing says. To support that expansion, the country’s airlines will have to buy 6,020 aircraft in ...

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