• Boeing UK Celebrates Delivery of 50th 747-8

    - UK suppliers support production of fuel-efficient large commercial airplane during Boeing’s 75th anniversary year of partnership with the UK
    - Reliability of fleet stands at 98.8 percent

    LONDON, United Kingdom,  June 06, 2013 - Boeing (NYSE: BA) celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-8 and the valued contributions made by the UK-based supply chain in the program. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft, one year after the first revenue flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental.

    This milestone delivery illustrates the shared commitment to quality, innovation and affordability of Boeing and the United Kingdom’s aerospace manufacturing industry, to produce the world’s most iconic, fuel-efficient large commercial airplane.  Boeing and the UK celebrate 75 years of partnership in 2013.

    UK supplier partners who contribute to 747-8 systems, windows and flight deck interiors include GKN Aerospace, IPECO Holdings and Ultra Electronics Precision Air & Land Systems.

    “The UK is an important source of supply for Boeing and, as we celebrate 75 years of partnership with the UK during 2013, our thanks go to our valued suppliers here who work alongside us to deliver world-leading aircraft such as the 747-8,” said Sir Roger Bone, president of Boeing in the UK.

    For more than a year and a half, airlines have benefited from the 747-8’s excellent schedule reliability, utilization, performance and operational advantages. Schedule reliability, an industry measure of departure from the gate within 15 minutes of scheduled time, is 98.8 percent for the 747-8 fleet.

    “This delivery is not only an important milestone for the 747-8 program, but it sets the stage for our future,” said Eric Lindblad, vice president and general manager, 747 program.

    Boeing delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental to Lufthansa in April 2012. The airplane entered service on June 1, 2012 with a flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Washington D.C. Cargolux Airlines took delivery of the first 747-8 Freighter in Oct. 2011. To date, 35 Freighters and 15 Intercontinentals, including eight of the Boeing Business Jet version, have been delivered.

    Boeing employs more than 1,300 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid organic growth. Boeing’s 75 year partnership with the UK, the Armed Forces, British manufacturing and the air transport industry is described in more detail at www.boeing.co.uk/75.

    Today the UK remains a critically important market, supply base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners. Boeing’s expenditure with the UK aerospace industry averages $1 billion per year and supports tens of thousands of jobs, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property. For more information visit www.boeing.co.uk.