Greetings from Asia

HONG KONG - I’ve spent the past few days in Hong Kong and Taipei talking about how Southeast Asian airlines are ordering new airplanes at a rapid rate. Changes in regulations have really opened up air travel here. For example, more than 400 passenger flights per week are now scheduled between Taiwan and mainland China, opening up service that was previously limited to charter flights. There’s an opportunity for scheduled service to jump to more than 700 flights per week in the future.

We expect that over the next 20 years, the region’s airlines need 2,750 new airplanes valued at $410 billion. 62 percent of that demand will be for single-aisle airplanes like the Next-Generation 737 and the new 737 MAX. 31 percent of the demand will be for new twin-aisle airplanes like the 787 Dreamliner and 777 to serve long-range markets.

I always enjoy my visits to Southeast Asia where the streets hum with constant activity. You never know what you’ll come across—whether it to be people, animals or incredible food.


Fido hitches a ride on one of the countless scooters in downtown Taipei.


Ready to enjoy a Volcano Burger in Taipei. Yes, it is as good as it looks!

I’ll end with a video I’ve been meaning to put together for a couple of weeks that I shot during the Seoul Air Show. It gives you an idea of the sights and sounds that make these kind of shows so popular. Enjoy!

Comments (2)

Steve Brady (Seattle, WA):

Thanks for the great video and blog post! My wife is from Malaysia, so I'm always interested in Boeing's SE Asia activities. I'm happy to hear it is a market with great potential. I'm a physicist, programmer, and nondestructive testing engineer, and my dream opportunity would be to represent Boeing for a few years as an expatriate in Singapore or Malaysia. Please let me know if you have any ideas!

Steve Brady, Ph.D.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Look at that big burger, one would not have thought that you would see these outside of the US of A, I'd like a piece of that. Southeast Asia is a great place for Boeing aircraft specially aircraft like the 787, 737MAX, 747-8 cargo and potential further 777 improvements. Market well as Airbus is also competitive in the region.

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