In March 1919, as part of the Canadian Exposition, William “Bill” Boeing and pilot Eddie Hubbard flew 60 letters from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seattle in Boeing’s C-700 — the first international airmail to reach the United States. Since then, Canada has become a customer, a supplier and a partner to The Boeing Company in both the defense and commercial sectors.

It now employs more than 160,000 people in 70 countries around the world and 1,900 in Canada.

Boeing facilities in Canada produce parts, components, assemblies, and software applications for all of the company’s commercial jets. Boeing Winnipeg, part of Boeing Fabrication, is the largest aerospace composite manufacturing center in Canada, employing more than 1,600 people.

The Winnipeg site helps to sustain Boeing Commercial Airplanes production by producing nearly 1,000 end-item composite parts and assemblies for all current 7-Series jetliners. Major products include wing-body fairings, engine strut forward and aft fairings, and landing gear doors. This Boeing Fabrication business unit is a tier one supplier to the 787 Dreamliner, building the engine strut forward and aft pylon fairings for this breakthrough airplane.

Boeing Defense, Space and Security also played a major role in the transformation of the Canadian Forces by modernizing 80 of Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets with a two-phase avionics upgrade program completed in March 2010.