Boeing

Our Presence

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Boeing’s history with Europe goes back to Wilhelm Böing, father of company founder Bill Boeing, who was born in Hohenlimburg, Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1868. In 1916, Bill Boeing established a company that has become the world’s leading aviation and aerospace enterprise and a global industry icon.

Boeing has been a part of the European aerospace community for many decades. A European heritage and global perspective are key tenets of our active local presence and remain at the root of our contribution to Europe’s economic and technological growth.

Through its presence in key cities across the region, the company is building mutually beneficial relationships with European stakeholders and decision-makers to advance the interests of aerospace and defence as a global industry and to underscore the vital contribution to European competitiveness and growth.

By the Numbers

Boeing directly employs over 4,000 people in 19 European countries.

Boeing directly employs over 4,000 people in 17 European countries.

Boeing directly employs more than 4,000 people in 17 countries across Europe. The company has delivered 4,600 commercial aircraft to more than 130 European customers in the last six decades and Boeing’s advanced defence platforms are in service with 23 European armed forces.

The company is strengthening its presence by investing in new facilities and leading-edge research as well as through advancing educational, environmental and social programmes that support the European Union’s long-term goals. In 2017, Boeing announced its plan to open its first production facility in Europe. The new facility in Sheffield, UK, will manufacture high-tech components for Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aircraft.

In 2016, Boeing sourced more than €9 billion in airplane components and assemblies (including direct and significant indirect spend) from European based companies and hundreds of European suppliers participate in key Boeing commercial aviation, defence and services programmes.

Boeing established in 2002 a dedicated organization called Boeing Research & Technology-Europe that today comprises a team of over 50 highly qualified engineers and scientists in Germany (Munich), the United Kingdom (Sheffield) and Spain (Madrid). It serves as the hub of a larger Boeing research network and works with 20 research centres, 45 universities and more than 200 industry partners inside and outside of Europe.

Feature Stories

Boeing and ThinkYoung partner up for success: #CodingSummerSchool brings STEM education to Brussels

Boeing and ThinkYoung partner up for success: #CodingSummerSchool brings STEM education to Brussels

January 7, 2018 in News

Coding and programming is increasingly important for the development and manufacturing of new aerospace products and services. Find out how Boeing partnered with ThinkYoung to equip tomorrow’s leaders with 21st century coding skills!

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Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

December 14, 2017 in News

Boeing and the Netherlands Ministry of Defense signed an agreement on December 14, 2017, that will upgrade six Royal Air Force (RNLAF) Chinooks to latest F-model configuration. Deliveries of the six modernized CH-47s are planned to begin in 2021.

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Teenagers asking the European Parliament for more coding education

Teenagers asking the European Parliament for more coding education

October 19, 2017 in News

Coding in the Classroom: What the European Youth Wants”: Boeing and ThinkYoung together with Lieve Wierinck (MEP) hosted another interactive discussion in the European Parliament on coding and future digital skills

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Mike Sinnett @ the A4E CEO Forum in Brussels: Investing in Autonomous Systems Capabilities is Key

Mike Sinnett @ the A4E CEO Forum in Brussels: Investing in Autonomous Systems Capabilities is Key

October 17, 2017 in Features

Boeing continues to pioneer and integrate autonomous technologies from the seabed to space – setting a new standard for safe, successful missions that amplify human capabilities and revolutionize how we connect, protect, and explore our world.

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Boeing to Acquire Aurora Flight Sciences to Advance Autonomous Technology Capabilities

Boeing to Acquire Aurora Flight Sciences to Advance Autonomous Technology Capabilities

October 5, 2017 in News

Aurora Flight Sciences specializes in the development of autonomy-enabled aircraft and robotics for advanced aerospace application and will accelerate Boeing's development of game-changing autonomy technology for innovative aerospace vehicles. Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, Aurora operates in six states in the U.S. and also in Luzern, Switzerland.

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Boeing supports ATAG’s Global Sustainable Aviation Summit 2017 in Geneva

Boeing supports ATAG’s Global Sustainable Aviation Summit 2017 in Geneva

October 3, 2017 in Environment

The ATAG 2017 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit is the leading global forum for the world’s aviation community to discuss the sustainable development of aviation. Pradeep Fernandes, Managing Director of Disruptive Horizons at Boeing HorizonX, will be one of the speakers during session three on Wednesday October 4th, entitled ‘Meet the 2050 goal to reduce net aviation CO2 emissions through technology’.

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Boeing Starts Construction of its First European Production Facility, Boeing Sheffield

Boeing Starts Construction of its First European Production Facility, Boeing Sheffield

September 29, 2017 in Boeing UK

On September 12 Boeing officially began construction of the company’s first manufacturing site in Europe, Boeing Sheffield

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FIRST Scandinavia and Boeing continue partnership with launch of new projects in Norway

FIRST Scandinavia and Boeing continue partnership with launch of new projects in Norway

September 20, 2017 in News

The world’s first Newton Flight Academy opened its doors in Bodø in 2016 with the objective to teach aerodynamics, navigation and meteorology and to experience being a pilot in full-motion flight simulators. About 8,000 people from all age groups and sectors have visited the Academy so far and this autumn, work will begin on a new educational module on the science behind sustainable biofuels used in aviation.

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First European Production Facility in Sheffield

First European Production Facility in Sheffield

September 12, 2017 in Boeing UK

Boeing started construction of its first European production facility in Sheffield, UK. The 6,200-square-metre (66,700 square feet) building, due to open in late 2018, will manufacture actuation system components for Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aeroplanes.

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Boeing in Europe

Boeing in the EU

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Boeing has been a part of the European aerospace community for almost 80 years, contributing to and benefiting from the region’s tradition of innovation and excellence.

The Boeing Brussels office, led by Brian Moran, vice president of Government Affairs for Boeing Europe, represents the company to the institutions of the EU and NATO.

Boeing works together with the European Union, European governments, research and development entities, international agencies and regulatory bodies to strengthen the role of aerospace in Europe and in the global economy. The company also collaborates with them on issues of mutual interest, such as:

Europe Community Engagement

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Boeing supports around 27 key corporate citizenship programmes in 11 European countries, focusing on education, environment and civic engagement. We aim to inspire young people in the areas of science, technology and mathematics (STEM). We inspire the dreamers of tomorrow and make possibilities happen.

BELGIUM + EU:

We work with the European institutions in Brussels to best understand where our investments will make the most impact in the European Union. Through innovative STEM projects targeted at different focus areas and working across several member states, we can best build the capacity of future pioneers to succeed in a constantly evolving world.

UK & IRELAND:

Boeing has had a long-term commitment to investing in the communities in which we live and work in the UK and Ireland. Through partnerships with strategic charities, Boeing focuses on making a difference by developing 21st century STEM skills to nurture future innovators as well as supporting vibrant communities and our Military & Veteran heroes! More information here.

NORDICS

In the Nordics, Boeing partnered with FIRST Scandinavia, to give children aged 10+ first-hand flight experiences and to introduce aviation-related STEM education to high school students. With FIRST, Boeing launched a Newton Flight Academy in Bodø & Sandefjord, Norway. Boeing & FIRST continue working with teachers to improve STEM education in the region. More information here.

FRANCE:

Boeing engagement initiatives with French communities focus on employment and education. Since 2015, Boeing France partners with Fédération Léo Lagrange, offering a range of STEM activities for kids aged 11-15. In total, +1.500 teenagers are benefitting from the program thanks to 33 Léo Hub centers (“Job Hubs”) all across France. More information here.

GERMANY:

In Germany, Boeing has established several Science Learning Labs in preschools and elementary schools. These labs support teachers’ professional development in science education and inspire young kids to pursue STEM education. Boeing’s Magical Physics project in Germany teaches children STEM focused experiments using recycled household objects. More information here.

Italy:

In Italy, Boeing has been a committed community partner for more than 13 years. Boeing’s engagement portfolio in Italy consists of “STEM 4 future” , an educational project in Robotics and Coding, and “Svitati per l’Ambiente”, a project that aims at inspiring primary school students to gain fundamental knowledge of sustainability and environmental protection. More information here.

SPAIN:

In Spain, Boeing’s Global Engagement portfolio focuses on 21st century skills development through two educational projects. A daily after-school homework club for Primary and Middle School Students, and STEM workshops in Robotics, 3D printing and Cybersecurity for High School Students. In addition, Boeing’s European R&D center is located in Spain. More information here.

HUNGARY, POLAND & ROMANIA:

Boeing Central & Eastern Europe strategic focus is on STEM education programs aiming at equipping students with 21st century skills. Boeing supports initiatives that help building bridges between different cultures. In 2017, Boeing initiated a strategic partnership supporting Polish uniformed personnel and veterans.

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

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Our European Legacy

Boeing in Europe - Key Milestones 1934 –1944

Boeing in Europe - Key Milestones 1946 – 1966

Boeing in Europe - Key Milestones 1969 – 1975

Boeing in Europe - Key Milestones 1985 – 1994

Boeing in Europe - Key Milestones 1996 – 2001

Boeing in Europe - Key Milestones 2002 – 2006

Boeing in Europe - Key Milestones 2008 – 2011

Boeing in Europe - Key Milestones 2012 – 2015

Boeing in Europe – Key Milestones 2016 and Beyond