Boeing celebrates 10th Anniversary of Ankara office with Turkish partners

Relationship between Boeing and Turkey started more than 60 years ago

Issue 20

To mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of its office in Ankara, Boeing held a reception at the Ankara Hilton Hotel, which was attended by many distinguished guests, including customers, politicians, government officials, partners, representatives of the diplomatic mission and media.

Boeing maintains a long-standing and significant relationship with Turkey spanning more than 60 years. In 1945, Turkish Airlines received its first DC-3 from Douglas, which is today part of The Boeing Company. Twenty years later, Boeing Services International provided base support services for the US military personnel and facilities in Turkey.

Boeing Turkey President, Greg Pepin, said: “The establishment of our office in Ankara ten years ago marked a deepening of our 60 year relationship with Turkey. In the past ten years, we have strengthened our partnerships so that today Boeing programs support more than 1,000 direct jobs in Turkey.”

Boeing collaborates with Turkish aerospace industries in commercial and military aviation programs –such as Peace Eagle and 787 Dreamliner-- with the objective to grow local capabilities and provide secure, high-value jobs. TAI, with more than 20 suppliers working on Boeing programs in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Kayseri and Eskisehir, is a great example of the broad network of partners Boeing has developed in Turkey.

“Today, we are not only a provider of commercial airplanes to the airlines of Turkey and a supplier to the Turkish Armed Forces, but we have become a trusted partner of the Turkish aerospace industry and a good corporate citizen of Turkey”, added Greg Pepin.
Boeing develops corporate citizenship projects in Turkey in a wide variety of fields, from arts and culture to education, health, and human services. With 72 education projects in 28 cities, the company has helped educate more than 100,000 students in the past 10 years. In Space Camp Turkey alone –which was co-founded by Boeing--, the company has sponsored more than 180 Turkish students.

“We have supported more than 130 corporate citizenship projects in the last decade – and this activity gives us as much satisfaction as providing high quality products to our customers”, Pepin said. “Boeing and I really value our solid relationship with Turkish stakeholders and are looking forward to many more years of mutually beneficial partnership.”