Boeing's history in the Middle East dates from 1945, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented a DC-3 Dakota to King Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia. Today, Boeing counts Middle Eastern airlines among its strongest customers. The company also offers a portfolio of defense products, systems, services, and solutions. Boeing values its many relationships in the Middle East, including partnerships, technical sharing, and training agreements, and works closely with countries in the region to promote their status as crucial hubs for the world's passengers and cargo. Boeing has a thriving relationship with Turkey as a supplier of commercial and defense products and as a partner of the Turkish aerospace industry. Boeing and Turkey share history dating from 1945, when Turkish Airlines purchased its first DC-3/C-47 airliners. Boeing cooperates with the Turkish aerospace industry in commercial and military aviation programs.
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