Boeing Announces Nearly a Quarter-Billion Dollars in Corporate Giving in 2018

Includes more than $55 million in new grants to support charitable partners
Grant dollars will fund programs in 2019 and beyond
CHICAGONov. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] corporate giving will exceed $230 million in 2018, driven by $55 million in new charitable grants, as well as increases in business and employee contributions.

The new $55 million charitable grants package will support 443 nonprofit organizations in 47 countries, funding programs through 2019 and beyond. Included in the package is $13 million for veterans’ recovery and rehabilitation programs and workforce transition services — representing an increase in charitable giving of more than 70 percent over 2017.

Also included is a $1.1 million investment in the National Archives Foundation to underwrite the annual display of the Emancipation Proclamation. The ten year commitment will also fund education programs related to the history of the Proclamation and efforts to preserve the important historical document for future generations.

Boeing’s corporate giving is amplified by its employee gift match programs. Earlier this year, the company increased gift match levels following the enactment of U.S. tax reform. Over the past five years, employee gifts matched by the company have increased 30 percent.

“Our people have unique skills and an unwavering passion for making a difference in the world, both through our products and services and the ways we give back to our communities,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer. “When that’s combined with our professional networks, partnerships and financial resources, we have the potential to drive positive, lasting change across the globe in important areas such as STEM learning and veterans’ support.”

Anchored by local and regional employee engagement activities, Boeing corporate giving is focused on increasing access to globally competitive STEM learning in underserved and underrepresented communities; improving technical workforce skills; and supporting military families and veterans. Boeing investments also address unique local challenges critical to communities where the company operates.

U.S. grants will support a range of nonprofits, including FUSE, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math learning programs for Chicago-area K-12 students; Homes for Our Troops, which provides housing and support for severely injured, post-9/11 veterans and their families; and FamilyForward, which works to improve the health, development and overall well-being of youth living in St. Louis.

Boeing also will support several international nonprofits, including the Nettur Technical Training Foundation, which encourages disadvantaged youth and young adults to pursue aviation maintenance careers in IndiaThe Air League, which provides aviation and flight school scholarships for wounded veterans in the United Kingdom; and OISCA International, which assists with coastal forest restoration efforts in the Tohoku region of Japan.

A full list of Boeing’s grant partners can be found here.

About The Boeing Company

Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with the company’s strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide.

Chicago-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries.

See how Boeing is making a difference for Our Future, Our Heroes and Our Homes by visiting the 2018 Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio at Boeing.com/community.

Engage with us on social @Boeing with #BoeingInspires.

Contact

Jason Capeheart
Boeing Communications
Office: +1 312-544-2568
jason.s.capeheart@boeing.com

SOURCE Boeing

Focus on: how an aircraft is built-Production

Airbus opened its first North American design and engineering facility in 2002.

Production

To manage the steep and steady ramp-up of industrial activities and meet continued strong demand for its aircraft, Airbus co-locates key contributing functions such as engineering and procurement with its primary production facilities in Germany, France, the UK and Spain.

In Germany, the city of Hamburg focuses on structural assembly and outfitting of fuselage sections, final assembly of A320 Family aircraft, A380 major component assembly, as well as manufacturing and equipping the rear fuselage sections for the A330 and A350 XWB programmes. Employees in Bremen are responsible for the design and manufacture of high-lift systems for the wings on all Airbus aircraft. Vertical tails are produced at Stade, as are other carbon fibre-reinforced plastic components such as flaps for single-aisle A320 Family aircraft, and spoilers for the A330. All the electronic communications and cabin management systems needed by both crew and passengers are designed and produced at the Buxtehude site.

Employees in Toulouse, France – the headquarters of Airbus – are responsible for engineering, structure testing, flight tests, and more. The area around Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is home to a delivery centre for completed aircraft as well as final assembly lines for the A320, A330, A350 XWB and A380 jetliners. Toulouse Saint-Eloi is responsible for delivering equipped and tested pylons to the final assembly lines. The plant at Saint-Nazaire specialises in structural assembly, equipping and testing of front and central fuselage sections for the entire Airbus family. Nantes specialises in the manufacture and assembly of the centre wing boxes for all Airbus aircraft, and is a leader in creating carbon fibre-reinforced plastic structural parts.

Start FAL A330neo

The elements of an A330neo widebody jetliner start coming together at the final assembly line, or FAL, adjacent to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France. The A330 Family integrates the latest developments from the A350 XWB and A380 aircraft families to maintain its position as the best in its class.

Located in North Wales, UK, Airbus’ Broughton site assembles wings for the company’s entire family of commercial aircraft – more than 1,000 per year. The city of Filton focuses on engineering and research & technology groups for wing design, landing gear and fuel systems design and testing, and the manufacturing of various components.

The Airbus Getafe, Spain location specialises in aeronautical component engineering, design, production and assembly, utilising both metallics and advanced composite materials to manufacture airframe components for all Airbus aircraft. The Illescas site is a leader in manufacturing composite aeronautical components, mainly large-scale or complex shaped parts as the A350 XWB’s wing lower cover. Puerto Real, in the south of Spain, specialises in the automated assembly of movable surfaces (rudders and spars) for all Airbus jetliners and produces the horizontal tail boxes of the A350 XWB.

 

Source :  Airbus WEBSITE

Focus on: how an aircraft is built

International collaboration for global jetliners

From design through production and onward to final tests and certifications, each Airbus jetliner is the result of wide-ranging expertise, complex logistics, and multinational cooperation across thousands of employees, suppliers and partners.

Design offices and engineering centres

Airbus’ principle of global cooperation is built upon a global network of regional design and engineering centres that contribute to the company’s full line-up of modern aircraft. The main design office at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France is joined by five additional design offices and engineering centres in Spain, the United Kingdom, Russia, and two sites in Germany.

Looking beyond Europe, Airbus opened its first North American design and engineering facility in 2002 in the heartland of the United States at Wichita, Kansas. This location was expanded in 2010 with a second engineering centre additionally housing a team of in-service repair engineers offering critical support for worldwide customers. Along the U.S. Gulf Coast is the Airbus Americas Engineering facility in Mobile, Alabama, where employees are responsible for various interior elements of Airbus’ widebody A330, A350 XWB and A380 jetliners.

A350 XWB design Realistic Human Ergonomic Analysis development tool

A Realistic Human Ergonomic Analysis development tool – which allows an operator to interact with an immersive full-scale 3D digital model – was used in the design of the A350 XWB.

Source : Airbus Website

Why then these trade disputes in aerospace?

To answer this question, we need to go back in time. Since the origins of flight, the United States and Boeing have sought to lead in civil aircraft production. For most of the period between 1960 and 1980, the U.S. enjoyed an effective monopoly where government subsidies played a key role. When Airbus started to develop its products and gained some success in the market, the monopoly gradually vanished to the benefit of a healthier competition offered to airlines and passengers. Public funding support occurred on both sides of the Atlantic, though in different forms: R&D grants and tax breaks for Boeing, repayable loans funding part of the development for Airbus.

Both sides managed to maintain peace for almost two decades, thus avoiding legal confrontation and trade wars. The 1992 agreement on government support for large civil aircraft signed between the U.S. and Europe permitted Airbus to receive repayable loans up to 33% of the development costs of a programme and Boeing to receive direct grant subsidies up to 3% of the U.S. civil aviation industry turnover. It was not perfect, but it provided a balanced playing field while it was in force.

This agreement remained in place until 2004. When Airbus approached the 50% market share, and for various internal reasons, Boeing lobbied the United States administration to unilaterally abandon the 1992 agreement and launch a trade case at the WTO accusing Airbus of illegal subsidies.

That withdrawal and complaint left the EU with little choice but to respond with a parallel WTO challenge to U.S. government support of Boeing by federal, state and local authorities.

For more than 14 years now, Europe and the U.S. have been engaged in this dispute over aircraft manufacturing subsidies at the World Trade Organisation.

The dispute is complex, with both Airbus and Boeing accused in turn of receiving illegal subsidies. Airbus is accused of receiving low interest loans from the EU member states for aircraft development, which require reform. Boeing has been receiving huge grants from U.S. states and institutions, which are completely illegal under WTO rules.

To date the WTO has ruled in these cases that the Airbus loans are less damaging to global trade than the grants Boeing receives. However, the U.S. refuses to acknowledge this situation and end its trade distorting grants to Boeing and simultaneously requests the EU and Airbus to unilaterally abandon its legal system of reimbursable loans.

Airbus will continue to robustly defend its position to ensure a level playing field but it is clear that the dispute was started, and has been largely sustained, by the actions of Boeing to protect its previous market dominance.

 

Source :  Airbus WEBSITE

Airbus 2018 Price List Press Release

Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by two percent across the product line, effective from January 1st 2018.

John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft said: “Our new 2018 pricing reflects Airbus’ continuous investments into its aircraft programmes to maximise their value for our customers’ satisfaction – with the winning combination of performance, operating economics and passenger experience.”

AIRBUS AIRCRAFT

2018 AVERAGE LIST PRICES* (USD millions)

A318

 

77.4
A319

 

92.3

 

A320

 

101.0
A321

 

118.3
A319neo

 

101.5
A320neo

 

110.6

 

A321neo

 

129.5
A330-200

 

238.5
A330-800 (neo)

 

259.9
A330-200 Freighter

 

241.7
A330-300

 

264.2
A330-900 (neo)

 

296.4
A350-800

 

280.6
A350-900

 

317.4
A350-1000

 

366.5

A380

 

445.6

 

 * Price depends on design weights, engines choice and level of selected customisation.

 

Source : Airbus WEBSITE