China says eyes 2 100 new aircraft in coming five years


China expects to order 1 100 new transport aircraft and 1 000 general aviation aircraft in the next five years as demand for air services grows in the world’s second-largest economy, a government official said.

Wang Changshun, vice minister of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said on Tuesday that, in line with China’s recently announced five-year development blueprint, the additional aircraft were needed because the mainland aviation industry was expected to grow by 12-13 percent this year, Reuters reports.

He gave no specifics on what aircraft were needed or which manufacturers would be preferred.

Wang added that sharp increases in fuel prices were having a “great impact” on Chinese carriers.