Boeing has opened its first office in Hanoi and named a new Southeast Asia leader, reflecting the continued importance of the region to the company.
The aircraft manufacturer also opened a new office in Jakarta and named Alexander Feldman, who will be based in Singapore, as the new president of the company’s Southeast Asia business, effective Aug. 27.
Boeing’s presence in Vietnam and Indonesia would support the company’s growth objectives across its commercial airplanes, defense and services businesses, it said in a statement.
“With over 380 million people under the age of 35, Southeast Asia will bolster Boeing’s growth for decades to come and support hundreds of thousands of American jobs as well as countless others across the region,” said Feldman, who used to serve in both Bush administrations.
Boeing has already had suppliers in Vietnam.
In 2007, MHI Aerospace Vietnam (MHIVA) opened an airplane-related manufacturing facility in Hanoi. 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 Vietnam and also celebrated its investment in a new expanded facility. Boeing 777 and 777X doors are also assembled at this facility.
In 2010, Nikkiso Japan opened a facility near Hanoi producing 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.
Flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and startup airline Bamboo Airways are currently using Boeing aircraft.