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Boeing will be present at all three major party conferences this year to meet with party leaders, members and conference delegates, writes Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing UK.
Boeing will be present at all three major party conferences this year to meet with party leaders, members and conference delegates. We will be working with Dods on fringe events that cover manufacturing and sustainable transport. At each conference these fringe events will take place on Monday with manufacturing being examined over breakfast and sustainable transport covered over lunch. Both issues are of crucial importance to Boeing as well as to the UK and we look forward to engaging with delegates on both subjects as we continue ongoing dialogues with decision makers that have already seen several events take place in Parliament and around the regions during 2012.
Boeing has had a presence in the UK for more than 70 years and we work closely with customers - both airlines and the Ministry of Defence - as well as with suppliers and research partners in this country. The 737, 747 and 777 form the backbone of the UK civil aviation fleet, with the 787 due to enter service with UK airlines next year. The Chinook, C-17, AWACS and Apache aircraft, all of which have significant UK-based engineering, service and support work as well as additional supply chain business through Boeing Defence UK, are crucial platforms for the UK Armed Forces alongside the logistics support that we provide for the MoD. This work in particular has been responsible for a significant proportion of our growth in this country, delivering better value for money for the customer and more long-term, high-quality and high-tech jobs for Boeing and our supply chain here.
On average Boeing spends around $1 billion per year in the UK with our partnership exemplified by new products such as the 787 Dreamliner. When fitted with Rolls-Royce engines, alongside significant contributions from other UK suppliers, the 787 is 25 per cent by value made in the UK. The Dreamliner is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than the aircraft it will replace as well as having a noise footprint that is 60 per cent smaller than a similarly-sized aircraft today.
These economic and environmental benefits result from our work with our British partners, suppliers and customers. This has also seen our business here grow, leading to us almost doubling our workforce in the UK over the last few years. As Boeing continues to grow, so do our benefits to the UK Armed Forces, the UK economy and the global environment.
Manufacturing and sustainable transport are crucial to our mutual success and therefore we very much look forward to discussing both subjects alongside many others at this year’s party conferences.