of Korea selects F-15K
Boeing's defense business received a strong boost April 19, winning a multi-billion dollar competition to supply the Republic of Korea with 40 F-15K fighter jets.
Republic of Korea selected the F-15K over the Rafale fighter made by France-based Dassault.
The Republic of Korea's Ministry of National Defense said the decision was based on the F-15K's strengths as a proven, multi-role performer with superb payload-carrying ability, combat radius, engine performance, survivability, proven performance, software maintenance and upgrade capabilities. In all, Boeing will apply 15 new technologies to the aircraft.
Production of the 40 F-15Ks will follow current production of U.S. Air Force F-15s at the Boeing facility in St. Louis. The F-15Ks will be delivered from 2005 to 2008.
KLM orders 1st 777s, 747-400ER Freighters
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines signed LM Royal Dutch Airlines signed an "intent to order" eight Boeing 777-200ER (extended range) passenger jetliners and three 747-400ER Freighters.
These will be the first 777s and the first 747-400 freighters for the Netherlands-based carrier. The 777s, which are to replace 747-300s currently in KLM's fleet, will begin delivery in late 2003. The 747 freighters will replace 747-300 Special Freighters that have been used as Combi jetliners, carrying passengers and freight. KLM will use the 777 on intercontinental routes from Amsterdam. The 747-400 freighter will be used on KLM long-range cargo route.
Boeing, Siemens team on airport security
Boeing and Siemens announced in April they are teaming to respond to the U.S. government's request for proposals to install, operate and maintain a system of explosives-detection devices in U.S. airports. In addition to installing and operating detection devices, the project includes selecting, training and supervising more than 20,000 airport baggage-screening employees. "We believe the combination of Boeing and Siemens is uniquely positioned to tackle this complex, technical challenge," said John Stammreich, vice president of Boeing Homeland Security. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Security Administration will manage the massive program, which was mandated by Congress following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A federal decision is expected by early May.
Midwest Express orders 25 717s, options for 25 more
Boeing has finalized a firm order from Midwest Express Airlines for 25 Boeing 717-200 airplanes with options for an additional 25. Midwest Express, ranked the No. 1 domestic airline by the 2001 Zagat Airline Survey, originally announced in April of last year its intent to order 20 717s for its long-term fleet modernization program. The estimated list value of the firm order for 25 717s is $940 million, with monthly deliveries scheduled to begin in February 2003 and continue into 2005. Total firm orders for the Boeing 717 are now 162, including this new order.
Delta IV mission announced
The U.S. Air Force in April gave the go-ahead for Boeing to proceed with launch service plans for a National Reconnaissance Office mission aboard a Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle. The launch is targeted for 2004 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Details of the mission were not released, but Boeing officials confirmed the launch is part of the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. Boeing was awarded 22 of the 29 launches under the program. Meanwhile, the target date for the inaugural Delta IV rocket launch was moved from mid-July to Aug. 31. The launch was delayed, "to create the schedule margin we need for success," said Gale Schluter, vice president-general manager of Expendable Launch Systems.
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