Boeing opens new offices in South Africa and Kenya

2017-03-01 19:00 - Boipelo Mokgothu
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Cape Town- The Boeing Company continues to expand its international presence as they announced the opening of two new offices in South Africa and in Kenya. This is a significant milestone for the company.

“Taking the necessary steps to establish a firm presence on the continent was an obvious choice,” says Miguel Santos, Managing Director Sub-Saharan Africa of Boeing International.  Santos will be managing the new offices alongside Chamsou Andjorin, Director Government Affairs and Market Development, located in the Nairobi office.

“Africa is not new territory for Boeing. Since the introduction of the jet airplane, Boeing aircraft have formed the backbone of the continent’s commercial fleet and Boeing continues to be one of the largest U.S.-based companies doing business on the continent,” he says.

Santos adds that the aerospace industry needs to start paying closer attention to Africa, because the continent is on the move economically and all the trends are pointing in the right direction for the expansion of the sector.

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Boeing revealed their new beautiful 787-10 #Dreamliner in February. The new plane is 5.5 metres long (18 feet) longer, giving additional space for 330 passengers in a two-class cabin. They are also looking to design a plane that is expected to be called the 737 MAX 10 and would be the largest aircraft in the 737 line.

In August last year, All Nippon Airways (ANA) celebrated the delivery of its 50th 787 Boeing Dreamliner - a plane the airline believes played a significant role in opening up new routes into new markets while also forming the backbone of its long-haul fleet. 

Boeing’s most recent Current Market Outlook report predicts that air traffic to and from Africa is expected to grow by about 6.1% annually over the next 20 years, which means there will be a need for 1,150 new airplanes.

Boeing International is responsible for the company's international strategy and corporate operations outside the United States.  It develops the company’s growth and productivity initiatives outside the U.S., forms new business and industrial partnerships, overseeing international affairs while enhancing Boeing’s local presence and providing global functional support. 

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