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May 2003
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Boeing supplier awards reflect global enterprise

The 14 recipients of the Boeing Suppliers of the Year Award this year include four companies from outside the United States.

"This is the first time we've honored suppliers from around the world together with our domestic suppliers," said John Hayhurst, Boeing senior vice president and president, Air Traffic Management, who addressed the awards banquet in March at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. "That is an important development, because it recognizes the global nature of our business. Today, we not only sell products and services to customers all over the world, but we buy from, and partner with, companies from all over the world."

The four international suppliers, by industry or product category, are Elta Systems Ltd. of Ashdod, Israel, for avionics; Messier-Bugatti-Aircraft Braking division of Vilizy-Villacoublay, France, for electronics, hydraulics and mechanical; Fuji Heavy Industries of Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan, for major structures; and JAMCO Corp. of Tokyo for interiors.

U.S. suppliers honored this year are Brek Manufacturing Co. of Gardena, Calif., for purchased outside production; Exotic Metals Forming Co. LLC of Kent, Wash., for purchased outside production; CFM of Springdale, Ohio, for propulsion; Pan Pacific Electronics Inc. of Redmond, Wash., for common aerospace commodities; Cimarron Inc. of Houston for aerospace support; L-3 Communications Display Systems (Alpharetta, Ga.) for aerospace support; Fujitsu Consulting of Edison, N.J., for non-production; EHMKE Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Philadelphia, for small business; Fine Laboratories Inc., of Piedmont, Mo., for small disadvantaged business; and Kerry Contractors Inc. of Huntington Beach, Calif., for woman-owned small business.

"These suppliers have stellar reputations as partners to Boeing, working to continually provide great technical and business solutions, while improving cost and quality for our customers," said Bill Stowers, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems vice president of Supplier Management.

"This is our opportunity to acknowledge the unique contributions these best-in-class suppliers have made to the success of Boeing and our customers," Stowers said. "More than ever, we recognize how vital our high-performing, worldwide supplier network is to us in creating a world-class global enterprise."

Stowers leads the Boeing Supplier Management Process Council, which provides strategic direction and ensures process continuity for managing more than 11,300 suppliers in 66 countries.

Penguins are so sensitive

PenguinBoeing's site in Tulsa, Okla., is participating in a unique "Penguins on Parade" event, a 2003 community fundraiser benefiting the Tulsa Zoo's new African Penguin exhibit. For a nominal fee, businesses in Tulsa can sponsor a six-foot-tall fiberglass penguin, which a local artist chosen by the Zoo then decorates to the sponsor's specifications. The decorated penguin then is permanently placed at the business for all Tulsans to see and enjoy. Boeing Tulsa decided its penguin should be an astronaut to honor Boeing Tulsa's 40-year history in space programs. Boeing employees at Tulsa also participated in an internal contest to name the penguin, choosing from a list of five finalists: Aerostotle, Apollo, Freedom, Galileo and Roger Houston. Overwhelmingly, employees liked "Roger Houston," and Roger has become an instant hit within the Tulsa community.

All Nippon Airways selects 737s

Japan-based All Nippon Airways last month announced its decision to acquire approximately 45 737s—mainly 737-700s—to replace its current fleet of single-aisle airplanes. The selection was based primarily on the 737's compatibility with ANA's domestic route network and its ability to perform efficiently and economically. These attributes will in turn help ANA meets its goals of improving customer satisfaction and operating efficiencies.

"This is great news for all of us at Boeing," said Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Our team worked very hard to demonstrate the 737's capabilities and better value. It's so rewarding to have such an important customer that has a great plan choose Boeing. This is about a mutually beneficial, longterm partnership."

The ANA order will not be added to Boeing order totals or appear on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries Web site until all procedural processes for the sale are completed.

Potential leaders gather in Mesa

Nearly 80 members of Boeing leadership development programs gathered in Mesa, Ariz., last month for a three-day Boeing Leadership Exchange.

Hosted by members of the High Potential organization at Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in Mesa, the group heard from company leaders and outside speakers, shared information and networked to further develop their leadership skills.

On the first full day, attendees were welcomed by Ed Koopman, Mesa site general manager, and heard presentations by Phantom Works President Bob Kreiger and former Space Shuttle astronaut Jon McBride.

Kreiger focused on key career and leadership lessons he had learned on the job and from his life outside of work

Boeing Australia Limited earns national honor

Boeing Australia Limited has received the 15th annual Australian Business Excellence Medal, Australia's premier business award. "This is our first year of competing for this award and, to be honest, my expectation was that we would do extremely well to get a Bronze Award," said BAL Managing Director David Gray. "To my incredible surprise, not only did we do better than that in getting a Silver Award, but we also won the Excellence Award, meaning that we were the best participating company for 2003." BAL supports the Aerospace Support, Air Force Systems, and Homeland Security and Systems businesses of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing Australia Holdings Pty Ltd.

New 757 livery sings for Song

Song, Delta Air Lines' new low-fare airline, recently started service, complete with an attractive new livery. A newly-painted Boeing 757, one of its fleet of 36 757s, flew Song's first flight in April from New York City to West Palm Beach, Fla. In addition to New York, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Las Vegas, Song plans to service Boston, Washington, D.C., Hartford, Conn., and the Florida cities of Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando.

The 757s are painted with lime-green flourishes—the original brand mark of Song's logo—on a white plane. The carrier will utilize a fleet of 199-seat, all-coach 757s. Each airplane will feature leather seats and 33 inches of legroom.

FSB begins operations as Alteon

FlightSafety Boeing Training International in April officially began operating under the new name of Alteon. Alteon is now a fully owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. In October 2002, Boeing completed an agreement to acquire all of FlightSafety International's interests in FSBTI. The company, operating as a joint venture between Boeing and FSI since 1997, has become the world's first truly global aviation training company for flight and maintenance training in 100-passenger-and-above aircraft. Alteon has more than 800 employees in 21 locations worldwide, more than 70 full-flight simulators and numerous fixed-base and maintenance training simulators.


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