The world's longest-range passenger jet, the most advanced and capable tanker aircraft, and the aviation industry's best-selling new airplane will be among the products featured by The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] at this year's Paris Air Show, beginning June 13 at Le Bourget airfield outside Paris.
"Boeing is entering the air show with tremendous momentum," said Tod Hullin, Boeing senior vice president, Communications. "This is a company that's on the move. Our financial performance has been strong, and the operating engine of the company is running on all cylinders," he said. "The market recovery in the commercial airplane business is taking hold, and orders for Boeing airplanes are up significantly. At the same time, program performance across our defense and space businesses has been excellent as we add to our industry-leading backlog."
Hullin issued a reminder that Boeing does not artificially store up commercial orders to be announced at air shows. "Our customers determine the time and place for order announcements, and we support their decisions," he said.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be showcased in a dedicated exhibit space adjacent to the static aircraft displays, which feature the Boeing 777-200LR (long range), 747-400 Freighter and the new KC-767A tanker aircraft. The 777-200LR, which will be capable of providing direct, non-stop service between cities as far as 17,446 km apart when it enters service in 2006, is currently scheduled to arrive at Le Bourget on Friday, June 10 at about 0830. The KC-767A for the Italian Air Force will arrive later in the day at around 1700. Accredited media are invited to coordinate with the show staff regarding photographing the aircrafts' arrivals.
Boeing's schedule begins on Monday, June 13, with briefings by the President and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Jim Albaugh at 1300, followed by 787 Dreamliner Vice President and General Manager Mike Bair at 1330. Alan Mulally, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will conduct a briefing on Tuesday, June 14, at 1300. These executive briefings will take place in the Salon Press Centre. Connexion by Boeing President Laurette Koellner also will attend to discuss the first year of in-flight connectivity service for commercial airlines and their passengers.
In addition to the 777-200LR Worldliner, 747-400 Freighter and the Italian KC-767A Tanker, several Boeing-built military products are scheduled to be on display, including the C-17 Globemaster III, F-15E Strike Eagle, AH-64D Apache Longbow, and the SLAM-ER and Harpoon missiles. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, flown by Boeing F/A-18 Chief Test Pilot Ricardo Traven, will take part in the daily flying display.
Accredited journalists are invited to the Boeing Press Chalet (A406-7), directly opposite the main Boeing chalet, throughout the week. Boeing will hold a series of briefings on key programs and issues. Each day, media should check the briefing schedule at the Boeing Press Chalet, Boeing Exhibit and the Salon Press Centre for updates.
Note: All times listed below are local to Paris
The leaders of Boeing Rotorcraft Systems will provide updates on current programs -- AH-64D Apache Longbow, CH-47F/MH-47G Chinook, and CV/MV-22 Osprey -- as well as new technology initiatives, including the Unmanned Little Bird demonstration project, the Joint Heavy Lift initiative and other unmanned rotorcraft activities. Presenters: Mike Tkach, vice president, Rotorcraft Systems; Al Winn, vice president, Apache Programs; and John Dougherty, director, Chinook Programs.
John Lockard, vice president and general manager, Boeing Naval Systems, will speak on precision engagement, including engagement cycle, enduring needs and survivability. Near-term capabilities and long-term goals, along with Boeing's system-of-systems approach will be highlighted.
Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, will explain the success of IDS's aerospace leadership through execution of current programs and leveraging systems integration and platform expertise.
Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 Dreamliner program, will provide updates on the most successful new airplane in aviation history.
Roger Krone, vice president and general manager, Boeing Army Systems, will provide an update on the largest program in the history of the United States Army. Conceived to incorporate simultaneous development of 18 new platforms and the network that connects them, Future Combat Systems promises to fundamentally alter the way the Army and joint forces operate.
George Muellner, vice president and general manager, Boeing Air Force Systems, will present a briefing on the Boeing KC-767A Tanker program from inside the No. 1 Italian Air Force KC-767A. Boeing is considered the world leader in tanker design and integration. Muellner will discuss the refueling flexibility of the KC-767A aircraft, world-class partnerships, mission flexibility (passengers, combi, etc.), the world tanker market overview, and the latest milestones from the flight-test program.
Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will explain the strategy supporting the company's unsurpassed commercial airplanes and services and Boeing's position as the preferred commercial aviation company.
George Muellner will provide a detailed overview of Boeing's role as the enabler of the Integrated Battlespace, implementing a strategy of embedding Common Strategic Architecture in all IDS elements to achieve interoperability. Utilizing a "best of industry" approach, Boeing is providing integrated solutions today, and leading the transformation to Network-Centric operations -- securing the right information, to the right people, at the right time, and in the right format.
Come hear the perspectives of the Italian Air Force, Italian aerospace industry, and The Boeing Company on the state of aerial refueling technology and the advances made to that technology with the KC-767A. Presenters: Col. Stefano Fort, Commander, 14th Wing, Italian Air Force; Agostino Melani, CEO, Aeronavali; and Jim O'Neill, vice president, Boeing Tanker Program.
Mike Coggins, manager of International Business Development, Weapons, will highlight Boeing's product offering in the international market and the latest successes of Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition and Small Diameter Bomb.
Boeing, U.S. Navy and Raytheon representatives will discuss the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet program, including the significant capability enhancements inherent in the Block II Super Hornet. The AESA-equipped Super Hornet represents a quantum leap in operational technology and capability. Presenters: Chris Chadwick, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 Programs; Capt. Donald "BD" Gaddis, F/A-18 program manager, U.S. Navy, PMA-265; and Erv Grau, Raytheon vice president, Air Combat Avionics
A Boeing Space Shuttle executive will discuss the company's role in resolving Space Shuttle return to flight issues, lessons learned from the Shuttle Columbia accident and the impact of retiring the shuttle. The ISS executive will discuss international partner contributions to the station, future assembly flights, and test bed technologies and concepts in which Boeing is partnering with NASA to support lunar and Mars exploration. Representing its partnership, Northrop Grumman and Boeing Space Exploration executives will discuss an accelerated CEV schedule, using the vehicle as an ISS crew or cargo vehicle, and opportunities for international cooperation.
Presenters: Steve Oswald, Boeing Space Shuttle vice president; John Elbon, Boeing International Space Station vice president; Chuck Allen, Boeing Space Exploration Systems vice president; and Doug Young, Northrop Grumman lead executive for Space Systems