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Boeing opens Africa offices in Nairobi and Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa, March 1 – World’s largest aerospace manufacturer Boeing has opened two new offices in Johannesburg and Nairobi to take care of its Africa business as it continues to expand its international presence. 

The Johannesburg office will be headed by Miguel Santos, Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, and Director for International Sales, Africa.

Santos says the aerospace industry needs to start paying closer attention to Africa because the continent is on the move economically.

“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,” Santos said in a statement.

Boeing says Africa would be in need of 1,150 new airplanes over the next 20 years as the most recent Current Market Outlook report predicted that air traffic to and from the continent is expected to grow by about 6.1 percent annually.

Chamsou Andjorin, the director for government affairs and market development, will be based in the Nairobi office.

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