Boeing projects will create hundreds more jobs as UK supply chain spending passes £2bn

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Boeing supports 16,500 jobs through spending in the UK (Source: Getty)

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing promised further growth within the UK as the company revealed it has tripled direct spending with British suppliers over the last six years to £2.1bn.

Boeing's presence in the UK is now estimated to support 16,500 jobs among its direct suppliers in the UK supply chain. The firm itself directly employs 2,200 people in the UK, a number which has doubled since 2011.

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The company said today that it expects to create several hundred more jobs through projects planned for the next few years. These include a new plant at Sheffield, a commercial hangar at Gatwick and the creation of a new RAF facility in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence.

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Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe, said: "In the years to come, Boeing is committed to growing our engagement in the UK, working together with our employees, customers, suppliers and partners."

Presently 13 UK airlines use a total of 250 Boeing aircrafts between them, while more than 140 Boeing products are in service for the British Armed Forces.

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