• Boeing in the United Kingdom celebrates 75 years of partnership

    LONDON, United Kingdom,  June 09, 2013 - 

    Boeing [NYSE: BA] today marks 75 years of partnership with the United Kingdom.  In June 1938, the Air Ministry agreed to buy 200 Harvard training aircraft from Boeing legacy company North American, beginning a relationship that goes from strength-to-strength today.  A timeline of the relationship, from Boeing 314 Clippers to 787 Dreamliners and from Harvards to Chinooks, is available here.

    “The long-term commitment and partnership that Boeing has shared with the UK over the past 75 years has delivered a safer, more connected world,” said Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing in the UK.  “The UK is a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology.  From our employees to our customers and our suppliers to our research partners, the relationship supports the UK’s Armed Forces, facilitates trade between the UK and the rest of the world and supports many thousands of highly-skilled, high value British jobs.”

    Boeing employs more than 1,300 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid organic growth.  The company spends an annual average of $1 billion (~£650 million) in the UK with more than 250 suppliers.  Boeing’s activity in the UK supports tens of thousands of jobs, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property.

    Boeing supplies world-leading aircraft to many UK airlines as well as the Chinook helicopter and C-17 transport aircraft to the Royal Air Force.  Furthermore, the Boeing-designed Apache helicopter is in service with the British Army.  Both the Ministry of Defence and commercial airline customers benefit from world-class services and support from Boeing.

    As an example of the partnership between Boeing and the UK, on a 787 with Rolls-Royce engines, 25 percent of the Dreamliner by value is made by UK-based companies. The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for a UK airline was delivered to Thomson Airways on May 31, 2013, with further deliveries of the aircraft due this year.  British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have also placed orders for Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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    The British Army Air Corps flies Apache AH.1 Helicopters co-manufactured by AgustaWestland under licence from Boeing.