Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Boeing to help Vietnam assembly aircraft components in June

HANOI, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Boeing, the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, said that it will help Vietnam assembly aircraft components in June this year, the local newspaper New Hanoi reported Wednesday.

The announcement was made by Stanley A. Deal, Pacific-Asian Sale Executive Vice Chairman of Boeing Company at a working visit to Vietnam.

Stanley A. Deal highlighted Vietnam for its civil aviation safety, flight security and the opportunities and potential for Vietnamese civil aviation sector development, even in the context of the ongoing global economic downturn.

Therefore, the Boeing will cooperate closely with the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines in the process of development, said Stanley.

Initially, the assembly for winglets of the aircraft will be kicked off at Hanoi-based Thang Long industrial zone in June. The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI), one of the big players in Japan's heavy industry sector, will partially involve in the manufacture.

Vietnam Airlines went on to record annual revenue of 15.3 million U.S. dollars in 2008, representing an increase of 31.32 percent over 2007.

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