Global Engagement Summary

For more than a century, Boeing has been innovating to meet the needs of an ever-changing, fast-paced, worldwide environment. Our understanding of how to best connect and support people, businesses and communities allows us to operate and create value in, and for, almost every region of the world.


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Building a stronger future for every generation of leaders — in our company, our industries and around the globe.

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Here's how nearly a quarter-billion dollars makes an impact

Kristin Saboe had one goal when she started her career – to make the world a better place.

“I wanted to work directly on making changes for the greater good,” she said.


“Work plays such an important role in a person’s identity. People want to feel proud of the work they’re doing,” said Saboe. “As a company, we have to make sure we’re matching employees’ skills and passions with business needs.”

After spending six years as an officer and researcher in the U.S. Army, she joined Boeing earlier this year in Global Talent Solutions on the global talent strategy team to lead the company’s veterans strategy. She’s working with other teams across the company to improve the transition process for veterans and their families re-entering civilian life and jobs at Boeing.

Hiring veterans and helping them make this transition is a priority for Boeing, and the company is committed to working with organizations around the world to further this mission.

In 2018, investments in veterans’ organizations increased 70 percent. Funding goes to organizations directly involved in improving technical workforce skills and supporting military families and veterans including support for Homes for Our Troops, Hire Heroes USA and Veterans Transition Network. Learn more »

It's game on Down Under

Employees cheer on veterans around the world at Invictus Games in Australia

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 kicked off this weekend in Australia, where Boeing employees from sites across the country welcomed and cheered on more than 500 competitors from 18 nations who will compete in the weeklong international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veteran service members.

Competitors, family members, friends and traveling supporters gathered for an opening ceremony in front of the Sydney Opera House, where they received a special welcome from the United Kingdom’s Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, who founded the games.


“Be inspired,” he told the crowd. “Allow the examples of service and determination you all see to change something big or small in your own lives. Show the world what ‘Game on Down Under’ really means.”

Gabe, age 6, creates a design of his own to cheer on his dad.

Gabe, age 6, creates a design of his own to cheer on his dad, an Invictus Games Sydney 2018 competitor in cycling, running and wheelchair rugby. (Boeing photo)

Among the employees who came to show their support was Brisbane-based Neil Smith, director of Defence Programs for Insitu Pacific. Smith served for more than 13 years in the Royal Australian Air Force, mainly on “fast jets” such as the Classic Hornet.

“I can see how Invictus Games helps the competitors enormously,” Smith said. “To have a goal, to go and compete and feel good about themselves, that’s what it’s all about. It’s great to be a part of that and support them.”

The first competitions to get underway were sailing at Sydney Harbour and road cycling along Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden. Other sporting events during the week include archery, athletics — running, jumping and throwing events, as well as indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. Learn more »

#BoeingPride on full display at Out & Equal Summit

Company plays host to more than 6,000 workplace advocates in Seattle, WA

Ryan Dewey, 747/767 tool liaison engineer, came to work at Boeing three years ago and immediately felt like he fit in.

“I instantly saw diversity where I hadn’t seen it before,” he said. “I always had this anxiety at job interviews; I wondered if I would get hired if the hiring managers knew I was gay. At my Boeing interview, the first person I met was a female engineer, and the interview panel was so diverse, it made me want to work for Boeing even more!”


“I feel really proud telling other people that I work for Boeing,” Dewey said. “At events like the Out and Equal summit and this year’s Seattle pride parade, I look around and see all the Boeing employees supporting this mission and I am proud to be one of them.”

Dewey, along with more than 100 other Boeing employees, joined more than 6,000 attendees from around the world at the 2018 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Seattle, where Boeing was the event’s first-ever Host City Sponsor. The three-day event focused on celebrating the progress that has been made and continuing the work to end discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) people in the workplace.

In his keynote speech at the summit’s opening plenary session, John Blazey, vice president of Boeing Global Engagement, shared an emotional personal story with attendees. He acknowledged the historic and ongoing efforts made by the LGBTQ community and their allies to make the workplace equitable for all people. Learn more »

$3 million Boeing grant will support women's leadership programs

Boeing has announced a $3 million investment to the George W. Bush Institute’s Global Leadership Impact Center.

The grant will support women’s empowerment and global leadership programs like WE Lead and the First Ladies Initiative, which work to promote education, healthcare and economic opportunity for women around the world. These values align with Boeing’s commitment to championing, supporting, developing and connecting women, said company leaders.


“The inclusion of women in all aspects of society strengthens and improves the stability of their countries,” said First Lady Laura Bush

“We dream big at Boeing, and that’s what this grant is all about,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, who also serves as executive sponsor for Boeing Women in Leadership. “As I travel around the world visiting customers, stakeholders and teammates, it truly inspires me to see teammates find their voices and grow in their confidence. It’s an honor to work with the Bush Institute to give more individuals the opportunity to reach their highest potential.”

First Lady Laura Bush.

First Lady Laura Bush was a guest speaker at Boeing’s 2018 Global Women in Leadership Conference. In her remarks, Mrs. Bush emphasized the importance of inclusion and the Bush Institute’s role in bringing greater economic opportunity to women globally. (Boeing photo)

WE Lead engages women leaders in the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan who share a common vision of advancing peaceful, prosperous societies through the expansion of economic opportunity for all.

The First Ladies Initiative engages and supports first ladies from around the world as they use their unique platforms to improve lives in their countries. Learn more »


Annually, Boeing and our employees support more than 800 military and veteran’s organizations, events and programs.

Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are employee-led associations that further personal and professional development, promote diversity within the company, and strengthen networking. The ten Boeing groups collectively have more than 100 chapters around the world.

During the 2018 FIRST season, more than 550 Boeing employees mentored 10,000+ students across 628 FIRST teams from 22 states – encouraging an interest and excitement for science and engineering. Watch Video

Boeing’s partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund is giving the students the education they need, and Boeing the talent it needs, to be a pioneer in the future. Find out more about Boeing's $6 million investment in TMCF.



Boeing's global network of employees and suppliers provides unparalleled opportunities to meet the needs of our industry, customers and communities.

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The first 787 Dreamliner, helping aviation dreams take flight

A flip of the switch, and the cavernous space goes from almost total darkness to dramatic light.

And with a shout of “Yoisho!” 400 special guests help to christen the opening of the new Flight of Dreams exhibit in Nagoya, Japan.

The very first 787 Dreamliner test airplane – known as ZA001 – made its last official flight in June 2015. But the airplane’s new mission is to inspire curiosity and interest in aviation, as the centerpiece of this brand new, permanent exhibition.


This airplane is a great symbol of Boeing’s unique relationship with Japan, Boeing’s deepest source of partnership in the world

The facility is the first of its kind in the world. Not only was it built especially to showcase the airplane, but it also was designed in celebration of (and thanks to) a multitude of special partnerships and close relationships between Boeing and Japan, the 787 airplane family and the Greater Nagoya region – where much of the airframe structure is made – as well as between Nagoya and Seattle.

The Flight of Dreams interior shot

The Flight of Dreams also brings a bit of Seattle culture to Japan, featuring shops and restaurants from Seattle like Beechers Handmade Cheese, Ethan Stowell restaurants, Frans Chocolates, Pike Brewing Co., Starbucks and many others. (Hisami Ito photo)

When the first test airplane of the 787 Program first took to the skies in December 2009, it was an incredibly proud moment for teams across Boeing. By that time, the airplane had become a symbol of the hopes and dreams of Boeing’s future. It was also a symbol of opportunity for many airline customers around the world, who had placed their confidence in the airplane and the unique flying experience it would mean for their customers. And the airplane’s innovative design – with its carbon fiber fuselage – was a symbol of the future of aviation and aviation manufacturing. Learn more »

Boeing donates $5 million to launch European STEM education effort

Investment to support expansion of the Newton Room concept in nine countries across Europe

Boeing has announced a $5 million investment in Newton Europe to launch Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused “Newton Rooms” across nine European countries.


Newton’s proven teaching methods and immersive, hands-on educational environments will help excite future innovators to pursue careers in STEM fields—many of which can be found at Boeing,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO.

Pioneered by non-profit organization FIRST Scandinavia, Newton Rooms are themed, state-of-the-art classrooms focused on experiential learning. Boeing’s multi-year investment will establish Newton Rooms in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Poland and Sweden.

A Newton instructor urges students in Delft, Netherlands to ask questions.

A Newton instructor urges students in Delft, Netherlands to ask questions. (Boeing photo)

“Newton’s proven teaching methods and immersive, hands-on educational environments will help excite future innovators to pursue careers in STEM fields—many of which can be found at Boeing,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. “In addition to our financial investment, Boeing teammates throughout Europe will continue to volunteer their time and talents to help create innovative and engaging learning opportunities for students.” Learn more »

Young Careers Take Flight

Boeing concludes inaugural summer Student Career Development Program.

Many high school students like to play with drones. But 11 students selected for the Student Career Development Program at Boeing got to do more than fly a drone – they got to build one.

The Student Career Development Program started as a pilot program in June, and provided a paid summer experience for 11 high school and one college student to work on an unmanned air vehicle under the leadership of Boeing Research and Technology and Education Relations. The program was designed to allow students the opportunity to work with Boeing engineers and get hands on experiential learning.


Boeing invests in programs like this by offering hands-on learning experiences and mentoring to inspire the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

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One of the drones built from scratch by a teams of students in the Boeing Student Career Development Program. (Boeing)

“Boeing invests in programs like this by offering hands-on learning experiences and mentoring to inspire the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)," said Matt Daniels, senior manager in Education Relations. "We know these students represent our future, and we want to complement their classroom learning with some real-world application in the aerospace industry." Learn more »

Engaged for Takeoff

Boeing test pilot answered 6th grade student's letter.

When Gage B. received his writing assignment for Ms. Henricksen’s 6th grade class at Excelsior Middle School, he decided to write a letter to The Boeing Company in St. Louis, Mo. Gage wanted to tell Boeing about his lifelong dream to someday fly Boeing fighter jets. He never dreamed putting pencil to paper would result in what happened next.

Gage’s words caught the attention of Boeing T-X test pilot, Steve “Bull” Schmidt.


It kinda made me want to reach out to him, and say, hey, I was just like you. So if you keep at it and work hard, you too can be a future fighter pilot and realize your dreams.

“It kinda made me want to reach out to him,” Schmidt said. “And say, hey, I was just like you. So if you keep at it and work hard, you too can be a future fighter pilot and realize your dreams.”

Schmidt sent Gage a gift package, filled with fighter jet souvenirs. He also recorded an in-flight message to Gage on video from a camera in the cockpit of a Boeing T-X aircraft during a test flight.

Boeing test pilot, Steve “Bull” Schmidt, poses with Gage B. and his 6th grade class at Excelsior Middle School in Marion, Iowa.

Boeing test pilot, Steve “Bull” Schmidt, poses with Gage B. and his 6th grade class at Excelsior Middle School in Marion, Iowa. Bull surprised Gage with a visit after the young man wrote a letter expressing his dream of becoming a fighter pilot.

“At first, I said, nope, I’m dreaming. It’s fake,” Gage recalled. “Then I watched it ten more times, and said, it’s real.” Learn more »


In 2018, Boeing honored 13 suppliers who focus on quality, delivery, support and affordability.

Since 2006, United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, has successfully delivered more than 100 satellites into orbit..

Boeing sponsored Above and Beyond exhibition is a 5,000-square-foot traveling aerospace exhibit filled with immersive simulations, interactive design challenges, and inspiring stories from game-changing innovators, past and present.

Around the world, Boeing is developing partnerships that benefit its customers and business partners as well as local economies.


Boeing is innovating by delivering advanced technologies and constantly re-examining our capabilities and processes to ensure that our company is as strong and vital as our heritage.

Learn more: Innovate, Environment Report, Beyond Earth, History, Build Something Better

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Fish, farming and flight: Desert-powered airplane is a worldwide first

Producing sustainable aviation biofuel on land that can’t be farmed using water we cannot drink.

Etihad Airways is the world’s first airline to fly a passenger flight using biofuel made from desert plants grown in saltwater. The project, supported by Etihad, Boeing Research & Technology, Commercial Airplanes Environmental Strategy and several other organizations, demonstrates how fish, farming and flight come together to provide food security and cleaner skies.

On January 15, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight crowned a three-year research project aimed at developing aviation biofuel to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while also lessening necessary food importation. Biofuel for the flight comes from oil found in Salicornia, desert-hearty succulents grown using seawater, on a farm at Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.

Fish raised in a unique United Arab Emirates ecosystem further sustainability by fertilizing the plants while also providing food for neighboring communities, reducing the UAE’s need to import 85 percent of its food. Using sustainable feedstock to produce the fuel significantly reduces life-cycle carbon emissions compared to fossil fuel.

engine of the Etihad Airways 787-9

The engine of the Etihad Airways 787-9, making the world’s first flight using a blend of conventional jet fuel and biofuel grown in a desert aquaculture farm, displays the logo of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium of which Boeing is a part. (Etihad Airways photo)

“This is a significant milestone for the UAE and its key industries,” said Tony Douglas, Group CEO of Etihad Aviation Group. “Etihad is fully committed to this pioneering project, which demonstrates a successful proof of concept that is local, viable, cost-effective and sustainable.” The biofuel is blended directly with jet fuel and does not require any modifications to aircraft, engines or airport fueling systems. Learn more »

Boeing Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle Completes First Flight

Boeing’s autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype completed a controlled takeoff, hover and landing during its first flight test Tuesday in Manassas, Va.

Boeing NeXt, which leads the company’s urban air mobility efforts, worked with Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to design and develop the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Tuesday’s test verified the vehicle’s autonomous functions and ground control systems.


In one year, we have progressed from a conceptual design to a flying prototype

“In one year, we have progressed from a conceptual design to a flying prototype,” said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop. “Boeing’s expertise and innovation have been critical in developing aviation as the world’s safest and most efficient form of transportation, and we will continue to lead with a safe, innovative and responsible approach to new mobility solutions.”

Boeing’s autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype

Boeing’s autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype (Boeing photo)

Future flights will test forward, wing-borne flight, as well as the transition phase between vertical and forward-flight modes. This transition phase is typically the most significant engineering challenge for any high-speed VTOL aircraft. Learn more »

Spreading our wings: Boeing unveils new Transonic Truss-Braced Wing

Lightweight, ultra-thin and more aerodynamic wing concept.

Boeing revealed the newest Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW), which researchers say will fly higher and faster than the previous TTBW concepts. The new configuration is designed to offer unprecedented aerodynamic efficiency while flying at Mach 0.80, which is consistent with the speed of many of today’s jetliners.

From end-to-end, the folding wings measure 170 feet. The high wingspan is made possible by the presence of a truss, which supports the extended length of the ultra-thin wing.

Originally, the TTBW was designed to fly at speeds of Mach 0.70 – 0.75. To increase the aircraft’s cruise speed, the new concept now has an optimized truss and a modified wing sweep. By adjusting the wing sweep angle, the truss can carry lift more efficiently. The end result was a more integrated design that significantly improved vehicle performance. Learn more »

Transonic Truss-Braced Wing concept

Designed to be more aerodynamic and fuel efficient, Boeing is studying the Transonic Truss-Braced Wing concept through a collaboration with NASA as part of the Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research program. (Boeing Creative Services illustration)

Innovation weaves a new industry and new life for excess carbon fiber

Five-year agreement with commercial recycler will convert material from 11 Boeing sites into car parts, computer cases and other products.

Boeing and a global recycler have agreed to a groundbreaking partnership to reutilize excess composite material, which other manufacturers will use to make products such as car parts and computer cases on a commercial scale.


Recycling cured carbon fiber was not possible just a few years ago, with new technology innovations, successful recycling supply chain economics, and great collaboration within Boeing and the industry, we’re working with ELG toward a vision where none of our composite scrap will be sent to landfills.

Recycled composite material from Boeing is being used to make automobile parts such as these aerodynamic pieces from the front end of a sports car

Recycled composite material from Boeing is being used to make automobile parts such as these aerodynamic pieces from the front end of a sports car. (ELG Carbon Fibre photo)

The five-year agreement with ELG Carbon Fibre ensures the 777X Composite Wing Center (CWC) in Everett, Wash., will continue to avoid sending any excess composite material to landfills. Boeing’s 10 other composite manufacturing sites in the United States and Australia will also participate. Boeing will initially provide about 1 million pounds of material a year—supporting the company’s goal to reduce solid waste sent to landfills 20 percent by 2025. Learn more »


Since 2007, we reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent while growing our business and increasing product deliveries by 71 percent.

From airplanes to GPS and the classroom to space exploration, Boeing is a part of history and modern life. View defining moments from the company’s history via one of the largest archives of its kind including relics, documents, photos and film.

Targeted investments made through our HorizonX innovation cell explore game-changing technologies like advanced batteries and hybrid-electric propulsion aircraft.

The 737 MAX uses 20 percent less fuel compared with the original Next Generation 737 and is as efficient as a hybrid electric car.


Boeing is a global, principled organization with core strengths in innovation, productivity and disciplined execution. Guided by integrity, our strong operational performance allows us to succeed in our business and for our stakeholders.

Learn more: 2017 Annual Report, Corporate Governance, Employee Safety, Ethics & Compliance

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Stacking NASA’s Giant Rocket

Boeing employees at NASA’s Michoud facility complete a forward join on the SLS rocket core stage.

Boeing teams working on America’s next great rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), are now connecting the rocket segments for final assembly.

Boeing workers at NASA’s Michoud facility in New Orleans assembled the top half of the SLS core stage – the intertank, liquid oxygen tank and forward skirt - in a vertical stacking cell. The process is called a forward join.  The forward join will then be connected to the bottom half of the rocket – the liquid hydrogen tank and engine section – to complete the 212-foot core stage.

At the same time, production of the second core stage for Exploration Mission 2 is underway. Learn more »

America’s next great rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS).

America’s next great rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS).

737-800 Gets Converted

Boeing delivers the first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter

The first in-service 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) was designed in Long Beach, California and other Boeing design facilities around the globe; modified in Shanghai; painted, tested, and certified in Victorville, California; and then delivered to the customer, GECAS, to be operated by West Atlantic in the United Kingdom. It’s what’s behind the conversion process.

Original 737-800 engineering is the converted freighter’s foundation. For every BCF, Boeing prepares a kit of parts, and then partners with an airplane modification shop to perform the touch-labor. For the first 737-800BCF Boeing used Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Boeing, the Shanghai Airport Authority and China Eastern Airlines.

Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter.

The first in-service 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) Watch video »

The 737-800BCF carries more payload – 52,800 pounds, and has a range of 2,000 nautical miles – providing capability to open new markets. The 737-800BCF also offers operators newer technology, lower fuel consumption, better reliability, and carries global support capability. Learn more »

Put to the Test: The Advanced F-15 is ready for the fight

Test team proves out new capabilities of the Advanced F-15.

A combined U.S. Air Force and Boeing flight test team just wrapped up nearly five years of rigorous testing on the Advanced F-15.  They tested the aircraft’s systems and flight controls in Palmdale, Calif. More than 15,000 test points were covered to assure safety, quality and performance.

“Take my word, it’s not your father’s F-15,” said Matt Giese, Boeing Test & Evaluation chief F-15 test pilot. “This jet has capabilities like we’ve never seen before.”


The Advanced F-15 remains ahead of threats now and into the future making the Eagle an enduring attack air platform.

F15 test pilot exiting cockpit

Test team proves out new capabilities of the Advanced F-15. Watch video »

Capabilities like a fly-by-wire control system for greater maneuverability and angles of attack; arguably the world’s fastest fighter mission computer able to process 87-billion instructions per second; and expanded weapons carriage that can bring up to 12 missiles and assorted munitions on a single aircraft into the fight. Learn more »

Boeing Delivers First 787-9 Dreamliner to Juneyao Airlines

Boeing has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner for Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines. The new, super-efficient Dreamliner will also be the first widebody commercial jet operated by a privately-held Chinese airline.

“This delivery is our airline’s biggest milestone and marks a big step toward expanding our network in China and beyond,” said Wang Junjin, Chairman, Juneyao Airlines. “As the market-leading widebody model, the 787-9 Dreamliner will play a key role in our global business growth.”


We are delighted to welcome Juneyao to the growing 787 Dreamliner family. We are confident that the Dreamliner’s fuel efficiency, range and passenger-pleasing features will power the next stage of Juneyao Airlines’ expansion.

Juneyao Airlines, previously an all-Airbus operator, mainly offers flights from Shanghai to more than 50 cities across China. In introducing the long-range 787 Dreamliner, the carrier is looking to expand its international network and increase flights to Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea.

Juneyao Airlines 787-9 Dreamliner new livery.

Juneyao Airlines 787-9 Dreamliner.

The 787-9 is part of a family of three airplanes that offer long ranges and unmatched fuel efficiency in the 200 to 350 seat market. The 787-9 can carry 290 passengers and fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km), while reducing fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25 percent compared to older airplanes. Passengers will appreciate a more comfortable flight thanks to the Dreamliner’s large windows, lower cabin altitude, smooth-ride technology, and other amenities. Learn more »


Boeing delivered a record 806 commercial airplanes in 2018.

20,000: the number of Boeing Global Services government and commercial customers, worldwide.

8 successful space launches in 2018 by our United Launch Alliance joint venture, bringing the total amount of ULA launched satellite assets to more than $70 billion.

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