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U.S. Air Force Orders Three Boeing C-40C Aircraft

SEATTLE, Feb. 08, 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force has announced orders for three Boeing C-40C aircraft to provide worldwide transportation support for government officials. The C-40Cs are based on the Boeing Business Jet and will replace retiring C-9A aircraft, supplying the Air Force with reliable, updated and cost-effective airlift support.

Military avionics and other state-of-the-art equipment will be installed on the 737-700 aircraft prior to delivery. Following delivery, the aircraft will be operated by the 932nd Airlift Wing at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

"We're pleased the C-40C, with its superior performance and range, 21st century avionics and quiet, fuel-efficient engines, meets the Air Force's global requirements," said Boeing Derivative Airplane Programs Director Mark Rogers. "Boeing looks forward to continuing its outstanding teaming relationship with the Air Force on the C-40C program."

The Boeing 737-700 builds on the strengths that have made the 737 the world's most successful commercial airliner, while incorporating improvements designed for the 21st century. The next-generation aircraft provides higher cruise speed, more range, and new engines with reduced noise, fuel-burn improvements and increased thrust. The 737-700 aircraft are manufactured in Renton, Wash.

The first of the three Boeing C-40Cs will be delivered in early 2007. Boeing previously delivered three C-40C aircraft to the Air Force.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $30.5 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government, and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense and Department of Homeland Security; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services.


Contact Info:
Chick Ramey
The Boeing Company
(206) 851-4147

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