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If you are frightened of overcapacity in the airline industry, it’s probably best not to read Boeing’s predictions about demand. It is one of the companies still bullish on China, and – if it is to be believed – it reckons that Chinese airlines will need 6,810 new aircraft over the next 20 years, a figure 7.6% higher than in its previous forecast. Of those, 180 aircraft will be freighters, and it anticipates 410 converted freighters too.

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