established its first overseas subsidiary in Melbourne. The company was acquired by Boeing in 2000 and subsequently changed to Boeing Aerostructures Australia. In addition to the movable trailing edges for the 787 wings, Boeing Aerostructures Australia makes ailerons for the 737, movable leading edges for the 747, and elevators AUGUST 2015 43 operations and a model for Boeing’s international business strategy. Marc Allen, president, Boeing International, pointed to Boeing Australia’s relationships with nine universities, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation—Australia’s national science agency—as key to development of technology that will enhance future Boeing products. “Australia really put its national focus on research and technology, not just in aerospace but across other industries, and that investment by the nation in its university system, in its research systems, is what’s created this really healthy ecosystem for us to participate in,” Allen said. Australia and the United States have a long-standing friendship and cultural ties, and Boeing has been a part of the country’s rich aviation history. Douglas Aircraft, a Boeing heritage company, sold a DC-2 to Australia in 1936. Qantas, the country’s flagship carrier, was the first international customer for Boeing’s 707, in 1959. And the roots of Boeing Aerostructures Australia date to 1927, when the de Havilland Aircraft Co. Photos: (From far left) Robots drill and fasten movable trailing edge components at the Melbourne 787 assembly line; Boeing employee Glen Bowman works on a C-17 tire at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley.
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