Boeing opens largest APAC distribution center in Australia
Boeing is bolstering its investment in Australia’s sovereign commercial aviation and defense industries with the opening of a new distribution center in Brisbane. Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Queensland’s Minister for Jobs and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said: “Queensland is a well-known aviation hub. known in the Indo-Pacific region and Boeing’s investment in Brisbane gives us a distinct advantage as the defense and aviation industries continue their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new Murarrie facility near Brisbane Airport is the company’s largest aircraft spare parts and chemical distribution center in the Asia-Pacific region and is three times larger than the two facilities the company’s previous distribution centers in Brisbane combined. It can hold up to double the previous spare parts inventory and can receive 15 times more cargo each day directly to Brisbane, instead of through Melbourne, meaning faster deliveries to keep commercial aircraft flying , defence, business and general aviation, while reducing carbon. delivery footprint.
“This new facility will better connect our Australian and regional customers to the industry’s most advanced distribution network, so they get the right parts and solutions, in the right place, at the right time,” said Travis Sullivan, vice president and general manager of Boeing Distribution Services.
The Boeing Distribution Center in Brisbane combines the Brisbane operations of Boeing Distribution Australia Pty Ltd and Boeing Distribution Services Inc. Together, they provide integrated, platform-independent supply chain solutions through a comprehensive range of aviation parts, chemicals and services for the commercial, business and general aviation, helicopter and defense markets. The center also includes Boeing’s only East Coast ambient temperature chamber and full-scale freezer for storing chemicals, adhesives and sealants, eliminating the need for customers to store and maintain the correct inventory levels of these highly sensitive items.
Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Chairman Dr Brendan Nelson said the new facility will strengthen the resilience of Australia’s sovereign defense and commercial aviation capabilities. “Boeing celebrates 95 years in Australia this year and throughout this time we have been dedicated to protecting Australia, its allies and its interests,” said Dr Nelson. “Having a larger local inventory of high-demand products and the ability to quickly receive and ship critical parts, this center will better protect our customers from global supply chain disruptions. By strengthening Australia’s sovereign aviation capability, we are helping to protect our customers’ operations and build much-needed capacity and resilience in our industry.
Virgin Australia’s managing director of engineering operations, Darren Dunbier, said the airline would benefit greatly from the new distribution center’s proximity to Brisbane Airport’s main maintenance facilities. “As a proud Queensland-based airline, we welcome Boeing’s significant investment in a modern facility in our home state, which will allow us to service our existing aircraft with even greater efficiency and support our expanding fleet in the future.”
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