Shep Hill President, Boeing International Senior vice president, Business Development and Strategy Flying into the future Farnborough International Airshow is a showcase for Boeing technology and innovation, and a celebration of a century of aviation progressive aviation sector is shared by our customers. No fewer than 10 U.K. airlines operate approximately 330 fuel-efficient Boeing airplanes, with a further 100 on order. Much of this backlog includes the 787 Dreamliner, which uses 20 percent less fuel than similarly sized airplanes, as well as the singleaisle 737 MAX, which recently surpassed 2,000 orders from 41 customers and will deliver lower operating costs to airlines and improved fuel efficiency. On the defense side, Boeing platforms such as the C-17 Globemaster III, AH-64 Apache, ScanEagle and H-47 Chinook, along with associated training and logistics programs such as Support Chain Information Services, are at the heart of our support to the U.K. Armed Forces. The enduring partnership with the U.K. Ministry of Defence has been built on a shared vision to constantly deliver more capability at greater value. Before embarking on his historic flight, the then-33-year-old Brown is said to have regarded aviation as an ideal tool for promoting peace and prosperity across the world. Together with more than 1,700 Boeing colleagues in the U.K. and nearly 170,000 employees around the world, Boeing looks forward to this year’s air show and to continuing its contribution to this noble vision. n PHOTO: BOB FERGUSON/BOEING Frontiers July 2014 07 LEADERSHIP MESSAGE In June 1919, British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown completed the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Clifden, Connemara, in Ireland. Some 95 years later, British Airways recently launched a direct 787 Dreamliner flight between London and Austin, Texas. It is Austin’s first regular, nonstop trans-Atlantic connection. While the flight to Austin is nearly six hours shorter and covers more than twice the distance of the original Atlantic crossing, both ‘firsts’ underscore that for a century, aviation has played an essential role in making the world a smaller, more connected place. This month’s Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom celebrates an amazing century of aviation and gives us an opportunity to showcase Boeing’s breadth of products and technological innovation, on which millions rely every day to safely reach their destinations or stay protected as they serve their nations. It is also a chance to meet customers, suppliers and friends from across the globe to discuss collectively how we take this industry into its second century. We are privileged to build on a position of strength. The economic relationship between the United States and Europe is the world’s largest, comprising nearly half of world gross domestic product and one-third of global trade. Boeing is proud of its role in deepening the trans-Atlantic bond through mutually beneficial partnerships. In the U.K. alone, we sourced $1.6 billion in 2013 from more than 250 suppliers of all sizes to deliver the most valuable products to our customers. One supplier, Rolls-Royce, powered both the original journey by Alcock and Brown as well as the market-shaping flight to Austin. Beyond valuable supplier relations, our research and development with industry and academia has delivered breakthroughs in areas such as advanced manufacturing, sustainable biofuels and recycling of the carbon fibers used in modern airplanes. Boeing partners with a number of British companies, universities and institutes to advance aviation’s longterm strategy of continuously reducing our carbon footprint and ensuring a sustainable future for our industry. This commitment to an environmentally At this year’s air show, Commercial Airplanes will highlight the capabilities of the 787-9. See story, Page 22.
Frontiers July 2014 Issue
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