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director of Boeing Defence UK in Decem-ber 2012, after serving for more than four years as managing director of Boeing’s UK Rotorcraft Support business. He said the amalgamation of Boeing Defence UK in 2008 established Boeing Defense, Space & Security as a local entity, which opened the door to stronger military sales and partnerships in the United Kingdom. He believes Boeing’s 75-year history in the United Kingdom has strengthened its business opportunities today. “You can feel the reputation we’ve built and the respect that our customers have for us,” Pitchforth said. “Our activities here in the past 75 years have created a high level of customer respect for the Boeing brand. It’s also built a high regard for our technical capability, which is very important to our customers.” Todd Nelp, vice president, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the United Kingdom has historically been a wonderful market for Boeing jetliner sales and promises to remain so for many years to come. The company has a strong, long-time United Kingdom customer base for all airplane models and an array of services. The United Kingdom, with its wide-ranging aerospace capabilities, also plays an important role in Boeing’s supply chain. “I think Boeing and our British customers have a real affinity for each other—much like the relationship between our two coun-tries,” Nelp said. “There is a feeling of mutual respect and we work very well together. It’s a relationship that’s built on trust and one that has a lot of legs for the future.” n william.j.seil@boeing.com For more about the Boeing 314 Clipper, see Page 10. Learn more about Boeing’s long and important relationship with the United Kingdom in the July 2012 issue of Frontiers and at www.boeing.co.uk/75. PHOTOS (Clockwise from far left): The June 1939 cover of the North American Log featured the NA-49 Harvard trainer. BOEING ARCHIVES Thomson Airways’ first revenue biofuel flight in the UK carried passengers from Birming-ham, UK, to Lanzarote, Spain. THOMSON AIRWAYS British Overseas Airways Corp. began op-erating Boeing 747 flights between London Heathrow and New York in 1971; Air United Kingdom in 1988 became the first airline based outside the United States to operate the Boeing 737-400 jetliner. BOEING ARCHIVES BOEING FRONTIERS / MAY 2013 35


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