You would have thought that if ordering the 787 was auspicious and generaly lucky for the Chinese, they would have pulled another measly billion from their cash mountain and ordered a lucky 88 of them. Why just 60?
Just perhaps now. Really reaching here. Just possibly that is what the planners thought they needed. I'll bet Boeing attached more significance to the number eight than the Chinese did and thought it simply would be a nice business gesture (read courtesy bow)
Less sarcasm and more thought equal better understanding
I'm surprised they didn't call it the 888 and sell out in Asia. Its that easy. Any phone or car manufacturer could tell you that. Big deal. Just make sure it doesn't now 'lose face' or we would all be shamed.
As you may know, the number 8 signifies prosperity. The Chinese word for eight (something like "ba" in Mandarin) is apparently a homonym for wealth. The Chinese and other Asians are probably scared of 744s because 4 is death. I do not think that very many mainland Chinese take the numerology very seriously. The Beijing government has long tried to downplay old superstitions. The Chinese word for airplane is a homonym for "flying chicken."