Chinese airlines now require $4.4 billion in annual maintenance, headed for $7.8 billion in 2020, according to ICF-SH&E. Boeing predicts 110,000 more maintenance techs will be needed for China’s mainline jets in the next 20 years. And China wants to play a bigger role in the global market. “They always want to open new hangars,” joked Dennis Ling, ICF-SHE director Asia-Pacific. Even small carriers with 20 aircraft want hangars, for control of airframe work and ...

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