Boeing Turkey General Manager and Country Representative Aysem Sargin stated that 65% of the cost of an aircraft consists of products purchased from abroad, “As Boeing, we make purchases of $43 billion every year. 1 billion pieces are purchased. We make purchases of $200 million every year from suppliers in Turkey. In 2-2.5 years, this figure reached $600 million. It was a purchase of $2 billion in 10 years. But it needs to increase.” Holding a press conference with Keith Nida, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Turkey Marketing Director, Sargin stated that the company is trying to increase the number of Turkish suppliers through its industry cooperation and supplier development program. Sargin said that they created 4 new suppliers with the program that started 4 years ago, and now Boeing bid documents are also sent to these companies.
TAI AND KALE ARE PRIMARY
Explaining that TAI and Kale Group are among Boeing’s primary suppliers, Aysem Sargin reminded that they signed a contract with TAI for the production and supply of engine covers of Boeing 737s. Sargin emphasized that they are working with TAI on thermoplastic, which is expected to replace plastic in airplanes in the coming period.
$20 BILLION LOSS BY THE MAXS
Commercial Airplanes Turkey Marketing Director Keith Nida stated that 2019 flight traffic will be returned in 2023-2024. He said losses amounted to $20 billion due to safety issues on the 737 MAX, but that the planes are now 99% safe.
Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz