About Boeing in the UK and Ireland
Boeing has had a presence the UK for more than 80 years. During that time, we’ve grown to more than 2,500 employees in 65 locations in the UK and Ireland, across three main business areas: commercial, defence and global services.
We have long-standing relationships with British industry, the armed forces, UK universities, suppliers, partners and the air transport industry. From global commercial aircraft services in Frimley and Dublin to defence data analytics in Bristol and advanced modeling and simulation in Fleet, we provide customers with high-quality, tailored, long-term solutions.
Nearly 400 Boeing aeroplanes are operated in the UK with 12 carriers. There are 136 Boeing Chinook, Apache and Globemaster aircraft providing battle-winning, life-saving capability to the UK armed forces. Today, the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most innovative technology partners.
Our commitment and partnership
- £7.6B spent with our UK supply chain between 2015 and 2018.
- 21,000 people employed directly and in the Tier 1 supply chain.
- 37% increase in bid opportunities for UK companies, including SMEs, between 2015 and 2017.
- £16.5M promoting UK innovation, doubling investment in research and development since 2015.
- £3.5M spent on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and veteran support projects since 2011.
Our investments and growth
We’re investing nearly £200 million in three major infrastructure projects in the UK.
Last year, we opened our first European manufacturing site in Sheffield. The £40m factory makes commercial aircraft components for the 737 and 767 supply chain.
We announced an £88m commercial aviation maintenance hangar at London Gatwick and have just extended a flight simulator facility nearby, making it our largest training campus outside of the U.S.
Together with the Ministry of Defence, we’re investing £100m to build a strategic facility for the P-8A maritime patrol aircraft at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.
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