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Boeing Names Smiths Aerospace as Supplier for 747-8 Program


Seattle (BOEING) - The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced the selection of Smiths Aerospace to supply the thrust reverser actuator system (TRAS) for the new Boeing 747-8 airplane. The London-based supplier will design a TRAS using similar technology to the system it provides for the Boeing 777. This continuity will offer Boeing and its 747-8 operators the benefits that result from the improved reliability of a mature product.

Smiths will design and manufacture the TRAS at its Los Angeles facility, with hardware deliveries expected to begin in second-quarter 2007. The TRAS will power the thrust-reverser system currently being developed, certified and produced by Middle River Aircraft Systems.

"Smiths' extensive knowledge of, and track record with, thrust reverser actuation systems make them the right choice for this critical component of the airplane," said Jeff Peace, vice president - program manager, 747-8 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Together with our growing team of international partners, we continue to progress on making the newest member of our 747 family a reality."

The 747-8 family, which includes the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter, was launched in November 2005 by Cargolux Airlines and Nippon Cargo Airlines.

"Smiths' thrust reverser actuation system experience and reliability on the Boeing 777 program were strong contributors to winning the 747-8 program. This recent win continues Smiths' leadership position in thrust reverser actuation technology," said Dr. John Ferrie, president, Smiths Aerospace.

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