affirms interest in Viet Nam
HA NOI — Boeing has
confirmed its commitment to a strategic relationship with Viet Nam, saying it
believes in the country’s bright future and its long-term economic growth
despite the momentary downturn.
Stanley A Deal, Vice
President of Asia Pacific Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, leader of the
regional Boeing delegation, made the statement at a press event in Ha Noi
During their working visit
to Viet Nam, the delegation will meet leaders from Vietnam Airlines and Viet Nam
Aircraft Leasing Joint stock Co (VALC) in an effort to strengthen the long-term
relationships with these partners and seek trade opportunities.
Boeing would support
Vietnam Airlines to satisfy requirements and standards set by the US and the EU
to begin offering a direct flight to the US upon approval from the Civil
Aviation Administration of Viet Nam and the US Government, said Deal.
Vietnam Airlines reserved
eight Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts, but the exact delivery date was not
disclosed due to the on-going negotiations.
Fifty-seven clients from
around the world, including All Nippon Airways, Air New Zealand, Thomson
Airways, Japan Airlines and Continental Airlines have ordered a total of 878
Boeing 787s for future delivery.
The first Boeing 787
flight, a newly designed and efficient aircraft that uses 20 per cent less fuel
than other airplanes of the same size, is expected in the second quarter this
year. The first delivery is slated for the first quarter next year.
"In regards to the
economic situation, you can imagine the downturn across the region and
throughout the world. We have seen certain stress as well as difficulties of the
aviation industry generally," said Deal.
However, from Boeing’s
perspective, business remained stable, proven by 3,700 aircraft orders of
various aircraft models for future delivery, he added.
With support from Boeing,
the Japanese Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co built a factory worth US$7 million
to assemble flaps for the Boeing 737 aircraft last year. The factory is expected
to begin operations in June.
Boeing and Japan took 50 years; I think the partnership with Viet Nam will take
shorter time. I don’t see any constraints in the country’s environment or
workforce, and the process from assembly to production could evolve over time in
Vie65t Nam," he said.
Boeing has conducted a
series of social, health care and education and training activities in the
country. — VNS