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Birmingham picked as site for Boeing conversion project

22 May 2020

A former Monarch hangar at Birmingham Airport has been named as the site where five Boeing 737 aircraft will be converted into Boeing E-7A Wedgetails for the Royal Air Force (RAF).

Boeing Defence UK has awarded the contract to STS Aviation, who will convert five formally civil 737 airliners into the E-7A Wedgetail at the former Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited facility in Birmingham.

The project will create more than 100 highly skilled jobs - 90 with STS Aviation Services and another 30 with Boeing. 

Boeing says the Birmingham-based employees will join the 50 Boeing employees already working on the Wedgetail programme throughout the UK, including at Bristol, Yeovil and RAF Waddington.

Anna Keeling, managing director of Boeing Defence UK. “Wedgetail will provide the UK with the most advanced and reliable aircraft of its type in the world at a fixed price, and this work will provide good jobs for the many skilled aerospace engineers and mechanics in and around Birmingham.”

The first two aircraft have already been stripped in the US and will arrive at Birmingham later this year.

The first RAF Wedgetail is due to enter service in 2023.

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