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40 AVIATION | Boeing SA Commercial and leisure air travel in Africa is expected to see massive growth in the next 20 years as economies develop, the middle class population rises and both business and holiday travel industries expand. To cater for the increase in urbanisation and demand for air travel the continent will require substantial investment in new aircraft fleets and Boeing will
be at the heart of that journey, supplying new planes, training centres and partnering with national airlines.
Boeing’s managing director for sub-Saharan Africa Miguel Santos is leading the company’s new presence in the region aiming to best meet its enterprise strategic objectives
that encompass Boeing International (BI), Boeing Commercial Airlines (BCA), Boeing Defence and Security (BDS), Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC) and Boeing Global Services (BGS). The international manufacturing giant has identi ed Africa as a key region of growth in the coming years and is demonstrating
its commitment to the continent through its operations.
Boeing has opened a major o ce in Johannesburg under the name Boeing International Corporation South Africa
and has very recently launched a second headquarters in Nairobi called Boeing International Corporation Kenya. Santos says
both o ces re ect Boeing’s belief in Africa.
“This is our long term commitment to the continent. We believe the continent is rising and has been for some time. The new o ces will address the strategic objectives of all Boeing companies – BI, BCA, BDS and BGS,” indicates Santos.
Firstly the population of Africa is predicted to reach 2.5 billion people by 2040, couple that with Africa’s economic rate of growth which has been more than 4.5% per year over the last decade and a forecast of the addition of 11 million people to the African job market per year for the next 10 years and it becomes clear how important new means for air travel will be. Boeing estimates across the continent there will be the requirements for almost 1,150 new aircraft over the next 20 years.
However, those new aircrafts will require highly skilled and well-trained aviation professionals to operate and service the  eet, Boeing predicts by 2033 African commercial aviation will need 17,000 pilots and 19,000 mechanics. Santos highlights how this
will prove to be a challenge in the coming years as some of Africa’s best engineers are currently attracted to roles in Asia and the Middle East.
“There will be an enormous requirement for pilots, engineers, mechanics and  ight attendants. The challenge is with pilots because today they are going to other assignments in Asia and the Middle East. There are also a lot of engineers and

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