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Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, with capabilities in rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. Our reach extends to customers in 145 countries around the world, and we are the number one U.S. exporter in terms of sales.

Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation. We continue to expand our product line and services to meet emerging customer needs. Our broad range of capabilities includes creating new, more efficient members of our commercial airplane family; integrating military platforms, defense systems and the warfighter through network-centric operations; creating advanced technology solutions that reach across business units; e-enabling airplanes and providing connectivity on moving platforms; and arranging financing solutions for our customers.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., Boeing employs more than 153,000 people in more than 67 countries. This represents one of the most diverse, talented and innovative workforces anywhere. More than 83,800 of our people hold degrees--including more than 28,900 advanced degrees--in virtually every business and technical field from more than 2,800 colleges and universities worldwide. Our enterprise also leverages the talents of hundreds of thousands more skilled people working for Boeing suppliers worldwide. Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Boeing has been the premier manufacturer of commercial jetliners for more than 40 years. With the merger of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas in 1997, Boeing's legacy of leadership in commercial jets, joined with the lineage of Douglas airplanes, gives the combined company a 70-year heritage of leadership in commercial aviation. Today, the main commercial products are the 737, 747, 767 and 777 families of airplanes and the Boeing Business Jet. New product development efforts are focused on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a super-efficient airplane that is expected to be in service in 2008. The company has nearly 12,000 commercial jetliners in service worldwide, which is roughly 75 percent of the world fleet.

Through Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, the company provides unsurpassed, around-the-clock technical support to help operators maintain their airplanes in peak operating condition, and Commercial Aviation Services, which offers a full range of world-class engineering, modification, logistics and information services to its global customer base, which includes the world's passenger and cargo airlines, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities. Boeing also trains maintenance and flight crews in the 100-seat-and-above airliner market through Alteon, the world's largest and most comprehensive provider of airline training. Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

While commonly recognized as a commercial airplane producer, Boeing is also the world's second-largest defense company. Boeing Integrated Defense Systems provides end-to-end services for large-scale systems that combine sophisticated communication networks with air-, land-, sea- and space-based platforms for global military, government and commercial customers. The company offers an extraordinary range of defense and space systems products and services. It designs, produces, modifies and supports fighters, bombers, transports, rotorcraft, aerial refuelers, missiles and munitions and is on the leading edge of military technology through its unmanned systems development efforts.

Integrated Defense Systems also supports the U.S. government on several programs of national significance, including the Missile Defense Agency's Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program, the National Reconnaissance Office's Future Imagery Architecture, the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program and NASA's International Space Station. The company has become the systems integrator for several new programs, including the U.S. Navy's Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Program, the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems and Joint Tactical Radio Systems, the Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals for the Department of Defense, and the Explosive Detection Systems for the Department of Transportation.