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Boeing Australia Holdings Pty Ltd, or simply Boeing Australia, is Boeing's largest footprint outside the United States. Established in 2002, the company oversees its seven wholly owned subsidiaries, consolidating and co-ordinating Boeing’s businesses and operations in Australia.
Boeing has played a role in Australia’s aerospace industry through its products and services, and has 3500 employees spread across 28 locations in every state and territory except Tasmania. With an investment of more than $800 million, Boeing generates approximately $400 million in export revenue for Australia through its commercial and defence products and services.
History of Boeing in Australia
Boeing began working in Australia through its subsidiary Boeing Aerostructures Australia, which was formerly known as de Havilland Australia and established in 1927. Boeing acquired de Havilland Australia in 2000, and prior to this Boeing’s first direct investment in Australia came through its acquisition of the Rockwell International in 1996. Rockwell Australia became Boeing Australia Ltd (now Boeing Defence Australia) in 1996.
The five remaining subsidiaries were acquired as follows: Jeppesen Australia and Jeppesen Marine in 2000, Alteon in 2002, Aviall in 2006 and Insitu Pacific in 2009.
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) products and services placed in or destined for Australia include:
- C-17 Globemaster III military transports,
- CH-47 Chinook helicopters,
- Boeing 737 Wedgetail AEW&C Wedgetail aircraft,
- F/A-18 Hornets,
- F/A-18F Super Hornets,
- aerospace support, such as F-111 Through Life Support and the F/A-18 Hornet Upgrade Program.
- delivery of 6th C-17 to Australia
- Army aviation training and training support,
- Joint Direct Attack Munitions,
- Network-enabled systems,
- ScanEagle unmanned air vehicle (UAV), and
- Joint participation on the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) Satellite program with the U.S. Air Force.
In Australia, IDS is represented in by its business unit Boeing Defence Australia (BDA), which is a defence aerospace enterprise. BDA supports some of the largest and most complex programs for the Commonwealth of Australia, the Australian Defence Force and commercial customers. BDA also conducts operations and maintenance for classified programs and Australian Government sites, and operates in line with the three divisions of Boeing IDS - Boeing Military Aircraft, Global Services & Support, and Network & Space Systems.
Other IDS activities in Australia are carried out by Boeing Australia Component Repairs (BACR) and Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA). BACR provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) on composite and metallic structures, and BAA offers design, manufacture, testing and repair of airframe structural components. Despite predominantly commercial customers, BAA is responsible for the manufacture of the F/A-18 C/D trailing-edge flaps, while BACR provides MRO services as needed.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) is a manufacturer of commercial planes. In Australia, BCA is represented by BCA Sales, which operates out of Boeing Australia’s Sydney office and provides sales and marketing support of BCA products, customer engineering and quality control/procurement functions.
BCA opened its first Australian office in Sydney in 1959 when Qantas became the first international customer for Boeing’s first passenger jet, the 707, which changed air travel for Australians by drastically reducing flight times to the rest of the world. The Boeing 737 has also played an important role in the growth of aviation in Australia.
BCA is also supported in Australia by Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA, formerly Hawker de Havilland). BAA manufactures aircraft components including the use of composite carbon fibre technology. BAA won the sole-source contract for designing and manufacturing the moveable trailing edges on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Another component of BCA is its Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) unit, which provides materials and engineering services and solutions to Boeing customers in-country. In Australia, Alteon Training Australia, Aviall, Jeppesen Australia and Jeppesen Marine come under CAS' family of companies.
Boeing Field Service is also part of CAS. Field Service provides on-site technical advice to Boeing customers and can call resolve operator problems with access to BCA technical resources. Field Service representatives are located in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Boeing Research and Technology
In March 2008, Boeing established a branch of its advanced research and development (R&D) unit – Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) – in Australia to provide an R&D organisation for its in-country businesses and to collaborate with Australian R&D organisations, including universities and private sector R&D providers, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).
Current areas of BR&T research includes unmanned systems research, the manufacture of advanced composite components, and biofuels.
In September 2003, Boeing Company initiated with the University of Queensland School of IT and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) a new Boeing Systems Engineering Teaching Laboratory to fill skills shortages in aviation and aerospace industry in Australia.  Boeing also made a $1.55M grant for founding of a Boeing Professorship in Systems Engineering for 5 years occupied by Prof Peter A Lindsay. Boeing provided funding with respect to the Wedgetail 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) project with the Commonwealth of Australia and expected to deliver 2 by 2006.
This fostered Defence Industries Queensland in Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning with Boeing Defence Australia at RAAF Base Amberley.
President Boeing Australia and South Pacific
Ian Thomas is the President Boeing Australia and South Pacific. He was appointed to the role in March 2009, and is responsible as a figurehead to Boeing's activities in the region. Previously, Thomas was president of Boeing India since January 2007. He replaced former president of Boeing Australia and South Pacific Craig Saddler, who returned to the US to accept the position of chief financial officer for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems division, Network & Space Systems. Prior to Saddler, Andrew Peacock, a former Australian Liberal politician, held the role.
The division's seven subsidiaries are:
- Alteon Training Australia – a commercial aviation training centre that offers flight and technical training to airlines from across the region.
- Aviall – a distributor of aftermarket supply-chain management services for aerospace, defence and marine customers.
- Boeing Aerostructures Australia – Australia’s largest manufacturer of aero-structure components,
- Boeing Defence Australia – an Australian defence aerospace enterprise.
- Insitu Pacific – designs, develops, and manufactures unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for defence and commercial applications.
- Jeppesen Australia – a supplier of charting and navigation services for rail, air and logistics customers.
- Jeppesen Marine Australia – a provider of maritime data services, digital cartography and other navigational information.
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