Boeing's China Problem

  • Published: 10 September 2019
  • Learn new skills with Skillshare for free for two months at

    Listen to Extremities at

    Subscribe to Half as Interesting (The other channel from Wendover Productions):

    Get the Wendover Productions t-shirt:

    Sponsorship Enquiries: [email protected]
    Other emails: [email protected]

    Animation by Josh Sherrington
    Sound by Graham Haerther (
    Thumbnail by Simon Buckmaster

    Music by
    Select footage courtesy the AP Archive
    China Eastern 737 Takeoff Video Courtesy PDX Aviation


Comments • 2 608

  • Mark Stuckey
    Mark Stuckey  14 minutes back

    In China most big companies are government owned, in the USA most government is big company owned.

    • R Greenup
      R Greenup  53 minutes back

      Boeing and the FAA have been incredibly stupid concerning the Max, the only reason I can think of why this happened is because both considered themselves above ordinary considerations and a law unto themselves. They have opened the door for China and helped Airbus at the same time, unbelievable.

      • Hector Lalalala
        Hector Lalalala  2 hours back

        I wish china all the best. But i gotta say that i hate Chinese people. That was a bipolar comment 😭😂🙄

        • Kamal Yadav
          Kamal Yadav  2 hours back

          Please make a video on Air Asia and Malaysian airlines safety standards.
          I think they are not allowed to fly in Europe airspace

          • Sydney dorono
            Sydney dorono  2 hours back

            The map is wrong, ewww

            • Andrew C
              Andrew C  2 hours back

              It's going to start off unreliable and cheap. Then after a few years it will be more reliable, possibly even more reliable than the competition, and cheaper still. You see the Chinese are moving on into robotic manufacturing. That will make it cheap, but like everything else they manufacture, it has taken a few years to get the products right, as it does for anyone developing a product, but the difference is the Chinese improve faster. Everything happens faster in China. They can build a whole city faster than it takes to build a nuclear reactor back in Blighty. lol

              • Shawn Li
                Shawn Li  2 hours back

                Boeing 737, comfort to die for

                • T Brown Records
                  T Brown Records  3 hours back

                  Oh wow

                  • B. Baker
                    B. Baker  4 hours back

                    Of course China is making their own aircraft where else will they put there asbestos and recycling

                    • Greg Adam
                      Greg Adam  4 hours back

                      The fixes for the max are being held back like what happened to NASSA . Yes they need to be fixed properly but give China the opportunity they will lose the initiative and the market.

                      • Steven Lewis
                        Steven Lewis  5 hours back

                        How about a video on the United States Boeing problems? the USN Super Hornet problem, the 777X engine problems or the USAF F-15X V's F-35 problem.

                        • DeepCupsChan119
                          DeepCupsChan119  5 hours back

                          Nah I never fly to China just Europe,Canada,USA,japan,Australia,Singapore and Vietnam but never go to China cause that country is stupid

                          • John MCCULLOCH
                            John MCCULLOCH  6 hours back

                            China is a problem PERIOD>

                            • X Y Z
                              X Y Z  6 hours back

                              Boeing Boeing GONE!

                              • Charles Shi
                                Charles Shi  6 hours back

                                Appeal President Xi Jinping To Order Criminal Investigation

                                • Tom Meyers
                                  Tom Meyers  6 hours back

                                  China's Boeing problem. Ka-Boom!

                                  • Richard Tompkins
                                    Richard Tompkins  7 hours back

                                    This what happens when you get China involved..... now they got they are making there own.

                                    • Karlos Sargeant
                                      Karlos Sargeant  7 hours back

                                      I will love this Video Topic concerning China with Boeing.

                                      • Christophe Breland
                                        Christophe Breland  8 hours back

                                        The trade war is long term is going to hurt the US. China is going to develop and produce their own product rather then buy from the US and eventually become a competitor in many industries. This shows why Trump is a awful businessman same out come (long term) with wanting to cut payroll tax and telling the fed to set the interest rate.
                                        Trump will be like Caligula in the history books the leader that was at the beginning of the end to this great empire

                                        • Grahameajohnson
                                          Grahameajohnson  8 hours back

                                          6:41 As per usual, you are being both factually incorrect and deeply insulting to every person from every country in both *North* and *South* America by claiming that name for a single country. Even according to the CIA's World Factbook, *there* *is* *no* *country* *named* *America* . Also as per usual, I am disliking this video and will continue to do so until you decide to rejoin the true American family and stop insulting your neighbours.

                                          • IronCurtainPrepper
                                            IronCurtainPrepper  8 hours back

                                            Fuck Boeing and fuck americans. China is Building their own planes Boeing wont sell shit in 10 years.

                                            • PAPOOSELAKESURFER
                                              PAPOOSELAKESURFER  10 hours back

                                              China has previous bad taste with the failed Trunkliner program assembling McDonnell Douglas aircraft in China. Prior to computer aided design, the drawings did not describe the necessary hand fitting of parts all over the aircraft, and nothing fit.

                                              • shin chan
                                                shin chan  10 hours back

                                                Makes one thing, how convenient that china responded so fast to 737-max crash......

                                                • Made In USA
                                                  Made In USA  10 hours back

                                                  The latest Boeing software update for the 737 Max - makes the wings flap up and down in critical conditons.

                                                  • Without Worries
                                                    Without Worries  11 hours back

                                                    "737 Max will take to the skies again" - Maybe maybe, but as a passenger I'm staying well clear. Am I alone in checking aircraft type now whilst booking a ticket?!

                                                    • D. Border
                                                      D. Border  12 hours back

                                                      Boeing f'cked up by discontinuing the 757. The 737 Max is a 757 with sort legs.

                                                      • Simon Ngai
                                                        Simon Ngai  12 hours back

                                                        China CCP is very dangerous to human race. Every democratic country should take action earlier to make CCP step down. #Chinazism #chinazi

                                                        • Seriouspatt
                                                          Seriouspatt  12 hours back

                                                          Got to respect China for being first to keep the 737 Max grounded. The FAA is incompetent or maybe even corrupt. 2 of those things crashed, killing hundreds of people.

                                                          • micheal bolton
                                                            micheal bolton  13 hours back

                                                            commercial planes are somehow
                                                            difficult to manufacture
                                                            than military planes......

                                                            • F . B . I
                                                              F . B . I  13 hours back

                                                              U.S: We have worlds best military

                                                              *Also U.S :* cries in *22 trillion* debt

                                                              • Tango Zulu
                                                                Tango Zulu  13 hours back

                                                                For people who don't know, China Airlines is Taiwanese, Not Chinese.

                                                                • Tango Zulu
                                                                  Tango Zulu  13 hours back

                                                                  I hope Boeing goes down.

                                                                  • HIdalgo yakerson
                                                                    HIdalgo yakerson  13 hours back

                                                                    at 12:02 i realized i heard enough :P

                                                                    • CleanerBen
                                                                      CleanerBen  13 hours back

                                                                      Screw China

                                                                      • Roger That
                                                                        Roger That  13 hours back

                                                                        In a response to a 2017 article about China's commercial aviation future I wrote a response to the article. I quoted from the article the following:

                                                                        "...By 2036, China is projected to be the No. 1 or No. 2 market in commercial aviation, a sector long dominated by Airbus and Boeing..."

                                                                        Then to that quote I wrote this response:

                                                                        It is laughably unrealistic to assume (or; to try to achieve a situation where) the largest or 2nd largest market of a global manufacturing state; in a particular product; will be an import item for that global manufacturing state.

                                                                        This is especially true of a centrally planned and managed political economy like that of the PRC. Each percent (or fraction thereof) of real growth in Chinese middle-class incomes; and, in the total number of Chinese middle class households, expands the requirement for available commercial aircraft seat-mile capacity.

                                                                        This increase in demand cannot be met, by other than domestic aircraft and engine manufactures; domestic air carrier operations, and domestic maintenance, repair, and overhaul, of aircraft, engines, and component subsystems. The domestic (Chinese) jobs created upstream and downstream of that (Chinese) commercial aircraft seat, cannot be given away for foreign manufacture, repairs, or services. The technical know-how required is precisely what the investment of the PRC government into higher education and technical-school education is suppose to be for.
                                                                        And given the size of the requirement described in the video; it is simply impossible for China (or any other nation for that matter) to produce the goods and services to export; which, will provide the foreign exchange earnings, that are needed to buy all those aircraft, and their support. Whether it be from Boeing, Airbus, or any other foreign manufacturer.

                                                                        Simply put, a Chinese middle class of 900+ million people (in say 2025) will not be buying middle class goods and services (like commercial domestic and international air travel, along with the aircraft, and their maintenance) as imports. The expectations of both Boeing and Airbus, that China will continue along those lines is unrealistic. The PRC is not South Africa, Egypt or Nigeria.

                                                                        The Chinese market is simply too large, for the Chinese government to make the decision not to make it at home, vs. buy it from abroad.

                                                                        • Gh0st175
                                                                          Gh0st175  14 hours back

                                                                          I dislike because map is wrong

                                                                          • 02Nawal
                                                                            02Nawal  14 hours back

                                                                            I wouldn't buy anything made in China or fly on a Boeing plane.

                                                                          • E'raan Lue
                                                                            E'raan Lue  14 hours back

                                                                            China doesn't want Boeing planes. It needs them for now. The only way to stay number 1 is to stop playing politics and make better planes.

                                                                            • evs251
                                                                              evs251  14 hours back

                                                                              Good. Fuck boeing. I hope it'll dissolve into nothingness and airbus will have monopoly

                                                                              • frawldog
                                                                                frawldog  15 hours back

                                                                                My dad worked for Boeing for 25 years

                                                                                • Andytroni
                                                                                  Andytroni  16 hours back

                                                                                  3:31 Ethiopian livery on a 737 max.

                                                                                  • Pancho Villa
                                                                                    Pancho Villa  17 hours back

                                                                                    Man! Yo are more bias than a $3.00 US bill. You took for granted The purchase of EMBRAER by Boeing. Ha,ha,ha! The Brazilian Congress is not sure that they will allow to take place. The deal has not been finalized yet. Boeing is seen outside the US as a typical US company.

                                                                                    • TitanOfChaos
                                                                                      TitanOfChaos  17 hours back

                                                                                      This is a Wendover and Polymatter Co-op video

                                                                                      • dejotou
                                                                                        dejotou  18 hours back

                                                                                        Your videos are increasingly looking like they are sponsored by China

                                                                                        • Jason Pearson
                                                                                          Jason Pearson  18 hours back

                                                                                          As much as it pains me to say this I think the Chinese ( CAAC) were in the right to act to ground the max. I have ZERO confidence in the FAA. The number of cozy connections, the potential to get a job at Boeing when you leave the FAA, and anytime you "self certify" is a formula for disaster. I would NEVER set foot on a max. Its 1960's technology. It was created because Boeing was too cheap to invest in a new design. Proving once again what happens when you take short cuts -- Its ends up more expensive to do things cheaper

                                                                                          • 1005332
                                                                                            1005332  18 hours back

                                                                                            boeing itself is a problem

                                                                                            • Peter de Vries
                                                                                              Peter de Vries  19 hours back

                                                                                              When America realises China is THE new world power we'll have another war and it will be the end of America

                                                                                              • Christian Barnay
                                                                                                Christian Barnay  20 hours back

                                                                                                Chinese companies are not the only ones seeking compensation from Boeing. Knowing what was revealed later, which is a vital safety measure that was central to the validation of the 737MAX design by the FAA was later secretly removed from the basic configuration and added to a premium option in an attempt to leverage more money from clients, Boeing sales force and strategists will have to provide substantial compensations and proof of safety to all companies and regulation bodies in the world before they get any chance to sell future models, including the redesigned 737MAX. They have jeopardized thousands of lives, not just those people who died in the 2 crashes but also all those who might have in all other flights that were unsafe because of the silent software update that created the issue.