Boeing has opened its first office in Hanoi, along with another in Jakarta, in Indonesia. In parallel, Boeing announced the appointment of a new president of the company’s Southeast Asia business, demonstrating its sustained commitment to the region.
The presence in Vietnam and Indonesia will enhance the company’s growth objectives in commercial airplanes, military, and service businesses. Southeast Asia is a key growth market for Boeing, thanks to more than 380 million people under 35 which are expected to fuel demand for the next several decades
Before opening the office in Hanoi, the company already counted several suppliers in Vietnam. One of the most notable is MHI Aerospace Vietnam (MHIVA), which opened an airplane-related manufacturing facility in 2007. The first Boeing parts manufactured there were the 737 inboard flaps. In 2014, the company delivered the 1,000th shipset of 737 inboard flaps produced in the country, while investing in a newly expanded facility.
Another interesting player is Nikkiso Japan, which opened a facility near Hanoi in 2010 focusing on the production of components for the 747 and 767, 777 thrust reverser blocker doors, and 787 thrust reverser torque box assembly and wing fixed leading edge composite subassemblies.
Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways are currently employing Boeing airplanes.
(Sources: Vnexpress, VietnamPlus)