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the Boeing Sky Interior in 2011. Through their years of expansion, the UAE’s airlines have developed enviable reputations for service, with Emirates Airline winning the “World’s Best Airline” from the Skytrax World Airline Awards earlier this year. Emirates and Etihad also won several other awards this year. “Even as our products and services enable their success, the way in which the UAE’s airlines operate Boeing airplanes reflects positively on our products,” said Shep Hill, president of Boeing International and senior vice president of Business Development and Strategy. The UAE is at the center of a Middle East market that will require more than 2,300 new airplanes—worth an estimated $470 billion at list prices—between now and 2032, according to Boeing’s 20-year Current Market Outlook. With that in mind, Boeing is working closely with financiers in the UAE, entering into the region’s first working-together agreement for aircraft financing and leasing cooperation with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. Boeing Defense, Space & Security also has established strong ties with the UAE and has identified the UAE as one of seven key nations outside the United States for developing future business. The UAE’s mili-tary forces possess Apache and Chinook helicopters and a half-dozen C-17 Globe-master III heavy-lift aircraft. The nation’s Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications operates three types of Boeing satellites. Additionally, Defense, Space & Security, along with Abu Dhabi–based Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Centre (AMMROC), teamed in 2011 to ensure the operational readiness of UAE Armed Forces aircraft. Boeing has partnered with Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments, which is allowed to provide training, support and marketing services for unmanned aircraft systems in the region. A third partnership agree-ment, this one between Boeing and UAE’s SecureTech, aims to provide cybersecurity services to government and business customers. “Boeing places a significant amount of focus on establishing partnerships in the Middle East, and in the UAE we are ex-tremely proud of our collaborative record there,” said Paul Oliver, BDS International Business Development vice president for the Middle East and Africa. “Boeing is not about going in and simply selling a product. We are about working together, about being a part of the local community, about achieving mutual success.” Such collaborations also are evident in a number of manufacturing and research and development activities, part of what Hill calls a “growing, budding industrial partner-ship” between Boeing and UAE entities. For example, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Etihad and Honeywell UOP have teamed with Boeing to establish the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Center in the UAE. The project hopes to use saltwater agricultural sys-tems to support the development and commercialization of biofuel crops for aviation and other uses. In the aerospace manufacturing realm, Boeing and Mubadala Development Co., a business development and investment vehicle of the Abu Dhabi government, have established a relationship that will support Boeing production and advance the UAE’s commercial aviation industry. In 2012, the companies announced a 10-year contract for Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala’s advanced composite aero-structures facility in Al Ain, to produce empennage ribs for the 777 and vertical fin ribs for the 787 Dreamliner. The agree-ment also positions Strata to be a future supplier of the Dreamliner’s vertical fin. Strata is working toward the first deliv-ery of UAE-manufactured ribs that will be incorporated into the tail of a 777. Boeing has provided tooling and is supporting Strata, as Boeing does with many suppliers, through a long-term engagement plan that encompasses training and advanced manufacturing techniques to continuously expand the company’s capabilities. “Mubadala views Boeing as a unique partner to reach their goal of developing an indigenous aviation manufacturing industry,” Hill said. “Expanding aviation manufacturing builds new skills for Emiratis, expands their economy and lessens the UAE’s significant reliance on the oil industry.” Growing its own aerospace industry will require a new generation trained in that and other fields. Boeing has been a partner of the UAE Higher Colleges of Technology for nearly a decade, and the two are focused on 42 BOEING FRONTIERS / NOVEMBER 2013


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