WSJ: Ukraine tensions could create problems for Boeing

|About: The Boeing Company (BA)|By:, SA News Editor

Boeing's (BA) business illustrates how radically corporate ties between the U.S. and Russia have changed since the Cold War: BA has spent ~$7B in Russia since 1991 and plans to increase that amount to $27B by 2021; it operates a major manufacturing joint venture in Russia with VSMPO-Avisma, the world's largest titanium producer, and has another one planned; and it has a design center in Moscow that works on some of its most important planes, including the 787 Dreamliner and the planned 777X.

Aeroflot and other Russian airlines and leasing companies hold orders for ~100 Boeing planes including the 787, valued at billions of dollars.

Boeing also has extensive dealings with VSMPO-Avisma, which supplies about a third of the titanium used in Boeing's jets; the lightweight metal is especially important for the 787, making up about 15% of its weight.