The Boeing Company have opened one of two new African offices in Nairobi with the other situated in Johannesburg.
The Kenyan office will be managed by market development and government affairs director Chamsou Andjorin, with Boeing International sub-Saharan Africa MD and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Africa international sales director Miguel Santos being based in Johannesburg.
“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 US-based companies doing business on the continent.” – Miguel Santos
As Africa is “clearly on the move”, Santos added that he believes the aerospace industry needed to start paying closer attention to th continent and all the trends were pointing in the right direction for the expansion of the sector.
“Our job is to be ahead in understanding these emerging trends and opportunities.”
Indicators show that gross domestic on the continent will continue to grow by almost 5% a year over the next decade. Boeing’s most recent Current Market Outlook report predicts that air traffic to and from Africa is expected to grow by about 6.1% a year over the next 20 years, no doubt helped by direct flights to and from the US, resulting in the need for 1,150 new airplanes.