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Real Business : Issue 3 2008
But it was. It was a purchase that changed the world. Until then, you see, if you wanted to travel SKYHIGH I n 1959, Qantas became the first international airline to take delivery of a Boeing 707 airliner. To those who can’t remember a time before the internet this might not seem like a particularly important event. between, say, New York and London, you had to go either by boat or hop from one place to another in a prop-driven aircraft. It was a tiring and expensive way to travel. But the Boeing 707 could make that trip in one go, and while American airlines had been lining up to get their hands on one, the world’s airlines were apprehensive. Qantas wasn’t. The English, French and Russians had all developed jet airliners of their own, but none captured the imagination, nor were as reliable, as the Boeing 707. Qantas wanted one to make travel between Australia and everywhere else less stressful than it had been. And its purchase of a Boeing 707 saw the company flooded with orders from around the world. The Jet Age had begun. The world changed forever. The faith Qantas showed in Boeing back in the 1950s struck a chord with the manufacturer, and ever since then Boeing has had an office Down Under. While it was initially established to service the contract with Qantas, times have changed and now, BY ISAAC BOBER 24 Boeing, via its subsidiary businesses (Alteon Training Australia, Aviall, Boeing Australia Limited, Hawker de Havilland, Jeppesen Optimisation, and Jeppesen Australia), provides commercial customers and the Australian Defence Force with military software and hardware support. Indeed, employing more than 4000 people at 28 sites around Australia, Boeing is considered this country’s most capable defence aerospace organisation. More than that, Boeing is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial and military aircraft, and with 160,000 employees and customers in more than 90 countries it’s no stretch to describe it as the world’s leading aerospace company. FINANCE AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT DELIVERS PROFESSIONAL COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL AND CORPORATE SERVICES TO BOEING AUSTRALIA AND IT’S VITALLY IMPORTANT SHAWN PEARSON PROJECT MANAGER FOR THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER A CAREER WITH BOEING MEANS THERE ARE NO LIMITS ON YOUR OPPORTUNITIES Some of the work undertaken by the company includes creating new and more efficient members of its commercial aeroplane family; working on the Space Shuttle program; integrating military platforms and defence systems; creating advanced technology solutions; e-enabling aeroplanes and providing connectivity on moving platforms; and arranging financing solutions for its customers. “Day-to-day working at Boeing Australia can be demanding, challenging, exhausting, exhilarating, but it’s certainly never boring,” says Deborah Teeboon ASA (see profile), the manager of rates and price estimating. Because it carries out such diverse work in all of the places where its offices are located, Shawn Pearson (see profile), project manager for the chief financial officer, says Boeing Australia has so far been able to weather the storm of the global credit crunch. “Boeing Australia has significant projects on its books, and continues to secure new and exciting business,” Pearson says. “Both these factors provide the company with a very strong and positive outlook for the future.” But while it produces some of the world’s most impressive and recognisable airliners (747, anyone?) and military hardware – take the C–17 and F/A–18 Hornet for instance – Boeing, says Pearson, is, like any other business, reliant on its finance function. Without it, he adds, to oversee the systems and processes, and to help pitch for new business, the boffins would have nothing to solder. REAL BUSINESS ISSUE 3, 2008 RICHARD WHITFIELD >
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