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Boeing Japan's new president vows to court government for lasting relationship

Boeing Japan's new president vows to court government for lasting relationship

Boeing Japan's new president said Thursday building a strong relationship with the Japanese government was a priority for her job to maintain a key, half-century-long partnership for the U.S. aircraft maker.
"We're very proud of this lasting relationship, and we value it very highly," Nicole Piasecki, president of Boeing Co.'s Japan unit since March, told reporters. "Japan is for Boeing the most important relationship we have outside of the United States."
Japan has long been one of Chicago-based Boeing's most important customers. In the past decade, more than 80 percent of the airplanes ordered by Japanese customers, including Japan Airlines Corp. and All Nippon Airways Co., have been Boeing products.
Piasecki said that partnership is strong, extending to working together in government defense projects, including fighters and missile defense as well as commercial aircraft. Boeing has been successful in Japan because of a deep understanding between the two countries developed over the years, she said.
Helping cement the ties are dozens of Japanese companies that are longtime Boeing suppliers, including major machinery makers Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries.
Their contribution in making the wing, fuselage and other plane parts has grown greater with Boeing's 787 mid-sized aircraft, scheduled to enter commercial service next year.
Boeing is using light, sturdy carbon-fiber composites to replace most of the aluminum on the 787 to make it more fuel-efficient at a time when soaring fuel costs are a critical problem at carriers.
The 787 has attracted 584 orders so far, outpacing the rival offering from Airbus, which has about 260 orders for its A350.
All Nippon Airways has ordered 50 787 jets, while JAL has ordered 30.
But Boeing Senior Vice President Larry Dickenson said he would never take the Japan partnership for granted.
"We've also worked very hard, as in any partnership, not to take the other partner for granted. We work everyday to earn the right to have this partnership," he said.


Updated : 2021-10-26 20:18 GMT+08:00