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POSTED | 10:23 AM | 22-10-2014

Boeing launches office in Kyiv

Boeing, the giant Chicago-headquartered airplane maker, has opened an office in Kyiv after launching a corporate design center in November 2013. Previously, the company has been doing all its business in this part of the world through its Moscow office.

Boeing Ukraine has its own goals and tasks, company's spokeswoman in Moscow Elena Alexandrova told RBC business news agency on Tuesday (21 Oct 2014). Currently it employs 150 people with plans to expand staff to 400 by the year’s end.

The Kyiv-based design center of a company, whose planes are popular with local airlines, is hiring the engineers, making offers to those currently employed in Boeing's Russian branch. 

“There are lots of talented, highly qualified specialists among the Ukrainian engineers,” Alexandrova said. “(Decision to launch a research & development center in Ukraine) was made as a part of the global strategy to increase the competitiveness and provide the opportunities for future growth (of the company).”

National Aviation University in Kyiv remains a popular educational hub for applicants from the emerging markets for the aircraft technology. As of now, 1,200 foreign students are enrolled in various programs, while overall student community exceeds 50,000.

Part of the work on projecting the airplane components has been transferred from Moscow to Kyiv due to lower production costs in Ukraine, which is why Russian engineers are holding technological workshops for their Ukrainian counterparts in Kyiv, according to RBC.

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