McDonnell Douglas Agrees to Sell 40 Jets to Chinese Airlines
WASHINGTON (AP) _ McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corp. signed a $1.6 billion agreement with the Chinese government Friday to provide Chinese commercial airlines with 40 medium-sized, twin-engine jetliners.
″China’s expanding transportation system will benefit from these much- needed aircraft and this order supports thousands of high-skill aerospace jobs for American workers,″ Commerce Secretary Ron Brown said at a signing ceremony in his department.
The agreement calls for 20 of the MD-80 and MD-90 jetliners to be built in China and the remainder in the United States over the next four years. They will be powered by engines produced by International Aero Engines in Connecticut.
McConnell Douglas Chairman John McDonnell said the agreement means jobs for 4,600 workers, half of them in the company’s Long Beach, Calif., plant and the others scattered throughout the nation.
The agreement was signed by McDonnell and Vice Premier Li Lanquing, who is heading a high-level delegation of Chinese government and business executives at a three-day trade conference with American business leaders.