About Boeing in Australia

Boeing's presence in Australia is the company’s largest footprint outside the United States, with more than 3,000 employees in 27 locations. Boeing has seven wholly-owned Australian subsidiaries working across a wide range of aerospace, commercial aviation, defence, logistics, training and navigation businesses:

The company is also represented in Australia by:

The company is headed by Ian Thomas, President Boeing Australia and South Pacific.  He is responsible for government affairs and coordinates all Boeing activities in Australia and the South Pacific region.

Boeing has been working with Australians for 85 years, commencing with the establishment of Hawker de Havilland (now Boeing Aerostructures Australia) in 1927. Since then, Boeing has played an integral role in the region’s aerospace industry through its products and services.

Boeing plays an active part in the Australian community - as an employer, customer, supplier, educator, researcher, innovator and manufacturer.  Employing almost 3,000 people in Australia, Boeing works with scores of local customers  and over 1,000 local suppliers.

In 2010 the company generated nearly $800 million in onshore revenue and sales in the vicinity of A$5 billion, working with the Australian Defence Force, Qantas, Virgin Australia and other customers.  The work being undertaken to build parts for the 787 Dreamliner at Boeing Aerostructures Australia is the country’s largest single aerospace contract, valued at around $4 billion over 20 years.  

In 2007 Boeing established the Office of Australian Industry Capability (OAIC) to successfully bring Australian small to medium-sized enterprises into Boeing’s global supply chain. To date, the OAIC has facilitated contracts worth more than $230 million to Australian industry.

The vision to match the best of Australian innovation to the global strength of Boeing is exemplified in the continued growth of Boeing Research & Technology-Australia which excels in the development of a wide range of innovative technologies and works closely with a number of key partners, including a highly productive 23-year relationship with CSIRO.

One of these Boeing-CSIRO partnerships is the world first ‘earth to engines’ biofuel study Flight Path to Sustainable Aviation, undertaken with Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, The Climate Group and others. The study found biofuels in aviation could cut Australia’s reliance on fuel imports by $2 billion and greenhouse emissions by 17 per cent, and has set the stage for the development of a new industry in and for Australia.

Boeing is very proud of its long history in Australia and its enduring partnerships. Boeing offers long term partnerships based on trust and performance. Much has changed in the past 85 years, but Boeing remains an integral part of the Australian aerospace and defence industry.

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