Would be interesting to know where this intel came from.
A truly bad situation. Where an airline bumps off 4 paying customers out of their seats to give them to 4 workers flying for free.
I have avoided flying United for 5 years for other...
Boeing has operated in China for at least a decade. China has also been a parts supplier to Boeing in the past including part for the 777.
Airbus is now building it's 2nd plant in China...