THE BOEING COMPANY
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 150 countries.
Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training. Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation. The company continues to expand its product line and services to meet emerging customer needs. With corporate offices in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 170,000 people across the United States and 70 other countries. This represents one of the most diverse, talented and innovative workforces anywhere. Our enterprise also leverages the talents of hundreds of thousands more skilled people working for Boeing suppliers worldwide.
Boeing is organized into two business units: Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Supporting these units are Boeing Capital Corporation, a global provider of financing solutions; the Shared Services Group, which provides a broad range of services to Boeing worldwide; and Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology, which helps develop, acquire, apply and protect innovative technologies and processes.
Boeing Central & Eastern Europe
The region of Central and Eastern Europe is diverse and dynamic, with substantial growth rates. Boeing became a partner to Central and Eastern European airlines as soon as the region began to form closer contacts with the West. Both through lease and direct-purchase agreements, Boeing airplanes have met, and continue to meet, the requirements of airlines in this region as air traffic grows. A Boeing regional office in Warsaw, under the leadership of Henryka Bochniarz, president of Boeing Central and Eastern Europe since July 2006, has been established to further this strategy and to coordinate the company's business in the region.
Boeing's presence in the region is further enhanced by a team of Commercial Aviation Services field service representatives, providing a broad array of business and technical support and ensuring a smooth introduction of new Boeing jetliners. In January 2007, Jeppesen purchased C-MAP, a provider of digital maritime cartography, data services and other navigational information, with significant operations and more than 100 (in 2007) and 180 (in 2012) employees in Gdansk, Poland. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
On the defense side, several Central & Eastern European countries including Poland are members of the 12-nation Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) consortium that acquired three Boeing C-17 Globemaster III advanced airlifters that joined the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) in July 2009. The SAC’s approach to shared use of the strategic airlifter is regarded as a model for the pooled acquisition and management of defense capabilities. As members of SAC, the nations jointly operate the C-17s out of Pápa Air Base in Hungary, with Boeing employees based in Pápa providing ongoing support.
Boeing has also developed successful supplier-partner relationships in the region, going back to the 1980s with suppliers supporting several Boeing programs. Most recently during the U.S.-Polish Summit in Warsaw in June 2012, Boeing Research & Technology-Europe announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with LOT Polish Airlines, Polish government agencies and academic institutions to collaborate on air traffic management (ATM) research to make commercial aviation in Poland more efficient and to support airline profitability. In addition to LOT Polish Airlines and Boeing, the ATM project consortium includes Jeppesen Poland, Polish Airports State Enterprise (PPL), Enter Air, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) and the University of Warsaw Interdisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modeling (ICM).
Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship
Boeing Central and Eastern Europe participates in activities of the Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship organization, which manages the company’s philanthropy and community service around the world. Boeing makes contributions in the areas of arts, civic, environment, education, and health and human services. Boeing is working with various organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Central and Eastern Europe. These include:
- Lodz Children’s University, an educational program for children aged 7 to12, promoting enthusiasm for higher education and the study of science.
- Projects in support of the Museum for the History of Polish Jews.
- Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) - a Central and Eastern European neonatal care training exchange.
In collaboration with the Seattle-Gdynia (Poland) City Association, Business Week Gdynia is an intensive six-day program in which high school students experience a simulated work environment and develop business management skills.
Boeing has sent Polish teachers to Space Camp - a gathering of educators from the United States and other countries who spent a week together in Huntsville, Ala., participating in hands-on workshops that include simulated space missions and astronaut training as well as presentations by rocketry and space-exploration experts.
In September 2012, Boeing supported the opening of AEROLAB at the Museum of Polish Aviation in Krakow. AEROLAB is a collection of stands that allow children to conduct simple and practical experiments and learn about the principles of flight. Boeing’s successful cooperation with the Museum of Polish Aviation in Krakow resulted in the opening of the "Frank Piasecki and Other Aviation Designers…" exhibition in May 2011.
At the exhibition's opening ceremony, Boeing acknowledged the achievement of Polish students from the Warsaw University of Technology who received the first prize in the SAE Aero Design East competition held in Marietta, Ga., in the spring of 2011. Boeing Central and Eastern Europe supported the students who participated in the competition and continued its support in 2012, when the students also brought home prizes from the SAE Aero Design East competition.
Boeing also works with the Warsaw-based Our Earth Foundation (Fundacja Nasza Ziemia) on an educational program on sustainable development. The garden-animal habitat program combines restoring habitats for animals in big cities with ecological education for children.
Boeing Central & Eastern Europe milestones in community engagement and promoting Polish heritage in aviation
Boeing Central & Eastern Europe’s engagement in promoting the history of aviation in Poland goes back several years. The company has helped to reach communities in various parts of the country through educational programs and cooperation with cultural institutions. Highlighting the contribution of Polish engineers to the development of aviation worldwide, Boeing has also been actively engaged in showcasing examples of Polish heritage in aviation history.
Corporate Citizenship projects help to establish unique educational project
Project Muzeobus with the Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków
The cooperation between Boeing Central & Eastern Europe and the Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków started long before the modern New Main Building of this cultural institution in the Małopolskie Voivodeship region was opened in the autumn of 2010.
The mobile educational project called Muzeobus started in 2008. Its main goal has been to convey knowledge about aviation and its history in an attractive way to young people from primary and secondary schools. Thanks to the support of Boeing Central & Eastern Europe, the interior of a minibus was fitted for educational purposes. A small movie theatre, a projector, educational boards, a display case and aviation exhibits selected from the museum's collection are located inside the vehicle. The car is also equipped with eight seats - original plane seats. Classes held in the Muzeobus by the employees of the Museum of Polish Aviation in Krakow are interactive, and their main goal is to arouse interest in aviation history and encourage children and teenagers to examine the subject deeper.
Muzeobus was the first educational project of this kind in Poland. It has been modeled after American educational programs. Boeing has been cooperating with cultural institutions and is supporting local communities around the world within the Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship program for many years. We are proud that we are giving Polish children the opportunity to learn in an unusual and attractive way.
Over the three years the program has been in operation, Muzeobus reached many, mainly small, towns located primarily in the Małopolskie Voivodeship area. It gained significant popularity and recognition, not only among children and teenagers but also teachers. In 2010, the program reached about 1,500 people. The vehicle was also presented during family picnics, local festivals, air shows, and various fairs, mainly educational ones.
Successful cooperation with cultural institutes help to raise awareness around Polish success stories
"Frank Piasecki and Other Polish Aviation Designers…" exhibition
Boeing’s engagement with the Aviation Museum continued in 2011 as the company supported the “Frank Piasecki and other Polish Aviation Designers…” exhibition devoted to engineers of Polish origin who have contributed significantly to the development of aviation. It may be interesting not only for aviation fans, but also people interested in history, national heritage, and biographies of outstanding Poles.
Engaging youth to learn about aviation
Activities in relation to the exhibition at the National Museum in Warsaw
In March 2008, Boeing supported an exhibition at the National Museum in Warsaw which was devoted to the period between World War I and II. The exhibition focused on the time when LOT Polish Airlines came into existence and Polish engineers created airplanes and flyers like Zwirko and Wigura and were celebrated as national heroes in Poland. On the occasion of the exhibition, Boeing sponsored accompanying meetings and activities for children to gain more insights into the history of aviation.