Boeing chief tells Al Arabiya: We’re building F-15 jet wings in Saudi Arabia
In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative, Boeing President Bertrand-Marc (Marc) Allen said the manufacturing of F15 aircraft wings and other military aircraft parts would take place inside Saudi Arabia.
“We need to get you out to our al-Salam subsidiary here in the Kingdom. We’re building wings for F-15s, we’re building fuselage parts. We are doing massive conversions where we’re taking older F-15s and converting them to brand new F-15SAs,” Allen told Al Arabiya’s Maya Jureidini during an exclusive interview from Riyadh.
“All of this (are) pretty advanced manufacturing, a lot of engineering, very sophisticated kit work that started years ago and now has grown up to this full scale capability. There’s a lot that’s already happening (but) the real challenge is not to bring capability because it’s here, the real challenge is to scale the capability and that’s where our partnerships with vision 2030 will head,” Allen added.
The head of Boeing told Al Arabiya that his company are excited to see the “massive wave of that the (Saudi) government has envisioned in vision 2030” and that they are preparing for the efforts in resourcing with plans and commitments that will eventually come.
“With vision 2030, the goal is to move from eight million visitors a year for the Hajj to 30 million. Those are really robust factors for growth and they’re certainly going to drive an awful lot of commercial aviation in the Kingdom. Across the Middle East region, we see 3,350 airplanes being needed in the next 20 years… that’s a total of $730 bln in investments of airplanes and there’s no doubt that these particular moves and plans will drive a lot of that growth,” Allen said.