In the UAE, Boeing is working with the Higher Colleges of Technology on internship programmes, technical presentations and executive visits and briefings, as part of its bid to encourage UAE nationals to seek training and careers in the aviation industry. Further north, the Australian College of Kuwait is the focus of aviation maintenance and electro-mechanical engineering programmes, part of a project for the provision of specialised aviation and engineering equipment and advanced technology transfer, while in Egypt AMIDEAST, an American educational non-profit organisation, offers Boeing scholarships for young Egyptian engineers to win Project Management Institute certificates.

In July, Connexion by Boeing announced Etihad Airways as the region’s launch customer for its in-flight broadband service. The internet and live TV service will be installed in both in-line and retrofit configurations on the airline’s fleet of new aircraft, including five new 777-300ERs, for launch in January 2006. Connexion by Boeing says it is also in discussion to equip other regional fleets.