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

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 and ThinkYoung bring back computer coding to Brussels’ youth

Boeing and ThinkYoung bring back computer coding to Brussels’ youth

July 6, 2017 in News

More than 75 teenage students, the majority of whom were girls, had the opportunity to learn the basics of computer programming in sessions with renowned coding experts – and to experience the importance of coding in aviation and everyday life.

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Current Market Outlook Europe 2017

Current Market Outlook Europe 2017

June 29, 2017 in Features

The European aviation market is expected to grow during the next 20 years, with airlines forecast to acquire more than 7,500 new airplanes valued at over $1.1 trillion. Single-aisle airplanes will comprise the majority of deliveries, representing a 78 percent share of total deliveries.

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Women make us stronger

Women make us stronger

June 23, 2017 in News

For this year's International Women in Engineering Day, which is held annually on June 23 by the Women’s Engineering Society in the UK with Patronage from UNESCO, Boeing highlights the need for more women to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers by reflecting on the challenges women have historically faced seeking higher education in these areas and promoting paths to success for the next generation of female innovators #WomenMakeUsBetter.

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Boeing supports the 2017 EASA-FAA International Aviation Safety Conference held in Brussels from 14-16 June, 2017

Boeing supports the 2017 EASA-FAA International Aviation Safety Conference held in Brussels from 14-16 June, 2017

June 12, 2017 in News

The EASA-FAA International Safety Conference in Brussels will bring together aviation professionals from regulators, manufacturers, airlines and associations from all world regions to discuss global aviation safety for a global industry. Boeing speakers will support the "Building Mutual Trust", "Securing the Fundamentals" and the "Challenge of Digitalisation" panels.

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Boeing is exhibiting at the SOLA Airshow in Stavanger, Norway, June 10-11

Boeing is exhibiting at the SOLA Airshow in Stavanger, Norway, June 10-11

June 9, 2017 in News

The U.S. Navy brings the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to the SOLA airshow. A derivative of the Next Generation 737-800, the P-8A combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system and ensures maximum interoperability. For more information on the P-8A and other products, visit the Boeing exhibit in Hangar 2 at SOLA airshow.

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Boeing celebrates Finland’s 100th Anniversary with Super Hornet flying display

Boeing celebrates Finland’s 100th Anniversary with Super Hornet flying display

June 8, 2017 in News

Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet is scheduled to fly in Helsinki on June 9 as part of Finland’s 100th anniversary celebration. The aircraft will also be one of the main attractions at the Seinäjoki airshow, June 10-11. In addition to the Super Hornet flying and static display, an F/A-18 simulator will be open to the general public this weekend.

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Boeing awards components manufacturing contract to Germany-based COTESA

Boeing awards components manufacturing contract to Germany-based COTESA

June 1, 2017 in News

COTESA will produce complex composite parts for the Boeing Chinook H-47 heavy-lift helicopter. Federal Minister of Economics and Minister President of Saxony announce Boeing contract to COTESA.

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Netherlands Ministry of Defence selects Insitu Integrator

Netherlands Ministry of Defence selects Insitu Integrator

June 1, 2017 in News

The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (NMOD) has awarded the Short Range Tactical UAV (SRTUAV) contract to Insitu for its proposed Integrator offering.

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Boeing All-Electric Satellite for SES Will Help Improve In-Flight Connectivity and Enable Other Traffic-Intensive Data Applications

Boeing All-Electric Satellite for SES Will Help Improve In-Flight Connectivity and Enable Other Traffic-Intensive Data Applications

May 18, 2017 in News

Built for SES of Luxembourg, the 702 satellite is Boeing’s fifth with all-electric propulsion; design includes metallic 3-D printed parts

 

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Second Boeing T-X Aircraft Takes Flight

Second Boeing T-X Aircraft Takes Flight

April 24, 2017 in News

Boeing T-X proves low risk, performance, manufacturing repeatability

 

 

 

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Boeing and the Andalusia Government foster Supply Chain cooperation

Boeing and the Andalusia Government foster Supply Chain cooperation

March 28, 2017 in Boeing Spain

Boeing and Extenda host close to twenty companies from the Andalusian aerospace cluster in the first Spanish Supplier event held in Seattle

 

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Ninth Boeing-Built Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite to Expand Military Communications Capabilities for U.S., Allies

Ninth Boeing-Built Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite to Expand Military Communications Capabilities for U.S., Allies

March 18, 2017 in News

The communications satellite will increase interoperability among the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

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Boeing and UmbraGroup join forces with Retake to promote environmental awareness among school children

Boeing and UmbraGroup join forces with Retake to promote environmental awareness among school children

March 7, 2017 in News

The 2016-2017 edition of the “Svitati per l’Ambiente” educational project was launched in Milan on March 7th to present the national Social Responsibility project for Italian primary schools.

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Boeing Expands Production with Investment in New UK Site and US Facility

Boeing Expands Production with Investment in New UK Site and US Facility

February 24, 2017 in Boeing UK

Actuation work to be placed at Boeing Sheffield and Boeing Portland

 

 

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Boeing, Travel Service Finalize Order for Five Additional 737 MAXs

Boeing, Travel Service Finalize Order for Five Additional 737 MAXs

January 4, 2017 in News

Czech airline to receive 30 direct purchased and leased 737 MAX airplanes starting in 2018

 

 

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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:

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

Community Engagement

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Today, Boeing supports around 30 key corporate citizenship programmes in Europe, focusing on education, environment and civic engagement. We aim to inspire young people in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), for example with the Centennial Wings programme in the UK in partnership with The Air League, RED Engineers in the Netherlands and Newton Flight Academy in Norway.

As a stakeholder in the success of our communities, we strive to responsibly address local and regional challenges that are bigger than any one company’s interests. Our contributions and efforts are focused on partnering with local non-profit organisations to make a significant difference in the lives of people around the world. Managed locally, our community investment supports organisations that demonstrate innovation and collaborate with others to achieve sustainable solutions to community issues, in line with Boeing’s global corporate citizenship strategy.

Our Corporate Citizenship Projects