Boeing's plans to dramatically boost its China fleet issues a challenge to rival Airbus. The European company, which is part of aerospace group EADS, currently has a 950-aircraft China fleet.
In September 2012, Airbus forecast it would deliver 4,270 aircraft to China over the next 20 years, valued at $630 billion. That's shy of Boeing's latest projections, but revised figures are due out from Airbus later this month.
"I wouldn't expect the [new] number to be lower, given that traffic is increasing and China is one of the fastest growing markets in the world," Airbus spokesperson Justin Dubon said.