Boeing opens offices in South Africa and Kenya


Boeing has announced the opening of two new offices in Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya, in what it says is a significant milestone for the company’s continued expansion of its international presence.

The offices will be managed by Boeing International headed by J. Miguel Santos, Managing Director Sub-Saharan Africa, and Director International Sales, Africa, for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, with Chamsou Andjorin, Director Government Affairs and Market Development, located in the Nairobi office, Boeing said on 28 February.

Boeing International was established in 2001 and is responsible for the company’s international strategy and corporate operations outside the United States, forming new business and industrial partnerships, overseeing international affairs, enhancing Boeing’s local presence and providing global functional support.
“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,” Santos said.
“The aerospace industry needs to start paying closer attention to Africa, because this continent is clearly on the move economically and all the trends are pointing in the right direction for the expansion of the sector. Our job is to be ahead in understanding these emerging trends and opportunities,” Santos continued.

Indicators show that GDP will continue to grow by almost 5 percent annually over the next decade with Boeing’s most recent Current Market Outlook report predicting that air traffic to and from Africa is expected to grow by about 6.1% annually over the next 20 years, resulting in the need for 1,150 new airliners.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security continues to work with countries across the continent to determine security requirements and offer capability-based solutions from Boeing’s surveillance aircraft, mobility systems, manned and unmanned airborne capabilities, intelligence and security systems, and communications architectures, Boeing said.

Boeing also provides resources to strengthen local communities by working with in-country partners through the company’s Global Corporate Citizenship (GCC) organization. It has been investing in community projects in sub-Saharan Africa for nearly a decade, with over $5.7 million invested to date. As part of its outreach efforts, Boeing engages with higher education institutions and universities. Most recently, Boeing incorporated South Africa and Ethiopia into the International Business Internship program where university students spend six months in Seattle interning with Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Two students from South Africa started their internship in January 2017.