Boeing, EL AL Israel Airlines Celebrate Delivery of First 787 Dreamliner

TEL AVIV, IsraelAug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA], EL AL Israel Airlines and Air Lease Corporation are celebrating the delivery of the carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner today.

EL AL leased the airplane through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation.

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The 787-9 touched down in Tel Aviv today following a nonstop, 6,746 mile (10,856 km.) delivery flight from Paine Field, adjacent to Boeing’s factory in Everett, Wash.

“The arrival of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a day of pride and joy to all of us at EL AL,” said EL AL Chief Executive Officer David Maimon. “It is the highlight in the ongoing renewal of the EL AL fleet, which started a year and a half ago when we decided to order 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. We are happy to embark on a new journey with our first Dreamliner.”

“The arrival of the new airplanes will create a revolution in the customer experience. We have set a very high standard of service and product excellence in order to maintain our position as the first and preferred choice for passengers, travelling both to and from Israel,” said Maimon. “I am convinced that this significant procurement of 787s is a great opportunity for us to meet the highest levels expected. The Dreamliner will ensure our customers receive exceptional comfort, innovative technology, advanced aircraft and quality service.”

The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide EL AL with unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental performance, using 20 to 25 percent less fuel and with 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

“We are honored to deliver the first 787 Dreamliner to our great partners at EL AL,” said Ray Conner, vice chairman, The Boeing Company. “The 787 Dreamliner will play a key role in the renewal of EL AL’s fleet and growing its network worldwide as it ushers in a new era for the airline, its employees and its customers around the globe.”

EL AL has been an all-Boeing carrier since taking delivery of its first new Boeing airplane in 1961 and currently operates a fleet of more than 40 airplanes including Next-Generation 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s.

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Boeing Donates $1 Million to Assist Hurricane Harvey Recovery and Relief Efforts

Contributions directed across Texas through the American Red Cross

CHICAGOAug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] is committing $1 million from the Boeing Charitable Trust to assist with disaster relief across Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the company announced today. The contributions will be directed through the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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“Our thoughts are with all our neighbors and teammates throughout Texas who are dealing with the unprecedented impact from Hurricane Harvey,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. “The American Red Cross is the most effective organization to put this contribution to work as it quickly brings recovery and relief efforts to those residents hardest hit by this devastating storm.”

In addition to corporate charitable and in-kind investments, Boeing employees give to their local communities by participating in volunteer programs, gift matching programs and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing. Consistent with Boeing employee gift match programs, the company will match qualifying employee contributions made to American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief.

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“The Red Cross is working around the clock in extremely challenging conditions in Texas to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “We couldn’t do it without the generosity of our amazing donors like Boeing. With their support, the Red Cross can be there when disaster strikes to respond with shelter, food and the necessary supplies to ensure people are cared for, and to help during the recovery process. We’re extremely grateful for their support.”

Disaster relief efforts in the region align with Boeing’s ongoing commitment to the communities where the company has a presence. Boeing employs close to 4,000 people in Texas and supports an estimated 39,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state. Boeing is active and engaged in Texas communities, contributing more than $3.2 million in charitable contributions in 2016.

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Boeing donates $1 million to six nonprofits at the Warrior Games

Includes $600,000 for U.S.-based veterans nonprofits to provide recovery and rehabilitation services to veterans

CHICAGO, July 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced a $1 million donation to benefit six nonprofit organizations providing rehabilitation and well-being services for veteran and civilian groups, globally. The announcement was made in conjunction with Boeing’s sponsorship of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games taking place throughout ChicagoJune 30 to July 8.

“The veterans competing in this years’ games are not only distinguished athletes but true heroes who have defended freedom around the world,” said Florent (Flo) Groberg, director of Veterans Outreach for Boeing. “These warriors’ courage, sacrifice and unwavering pride in their service to country are powerful motivators for us here at Boeing and we are proud to support them both on and off the playing field.”

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In the U.S., donations benefited three nonprofit organizations: Yellow Ribbon Fund, Disabled Sports USA and Team Red, White & Blue. The nonprofits provide rehabilitation and recovery services to veterans throughout the nation. Outside the U.S., beneficiaries were Limbs International, The Air League of the United Kingdom and the Australian War Memorial. Limbs International helps restore mobility to amputees in the developing world, and The Air League and Australian War Memorial support veterans and community outreach.

Funds were raised as part of the company’s Boeing Moves the World employee well-being initiative. More than 60,000 Boeing employees came together around the globe to support mobility programs for those in need.

“Events like Boeing Moves the World and the 2017 Warrior Games demonstrate the commitment Boeing and its employees have to serving our communities and supporting veterans around the world,” said Greg Marchand, director of Global Benefits for Boeing. “Our employees are actively engaged in improving their health and well-being all while living the Boeing mission to help others and inspire the world.”

The grants awarded in conjunction with Boeing’s sponsorship of the 2017 Warrior Games include the following:

  • Yellow Ribbon Fund$200,000 to help provide practical direct support to recovering warriors and caregivers at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir and vital assistance throughout the military to civilian transition process.
  • Disabled Sports USA$200,000 to develop programs that provide national leadership opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.
  • Team Red, White & Blue$200,000 to help connect veterans to their community through physical and social activity.

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The additional $400,000 in grants will benefit international nonprofits focused on providing mobility services for veterans in the United Kingdom and Australia as well as civilian populations.

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Boeing, FedEx Express to Collaborate on ecoDemonstrator Testing

Fifth generation of ecoDemonstrator features two industry leaders working together and flight testing aboard a 777 Freighter

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SEATTLE2017 /PRNewswire/ — As part of the continuing effort to accelerate aerospace innovation, Boeing [NYSE: BA] and FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, will work together to fly the next ecoDemonstrator. Starting in 2018, a new Boeing 777 Freighter made for FedEx Express will test emerging technologies, such as propulsion advancements and flight deck innovations.

The ecoDemonstrator program, now in its fifth iteration, serves as a series of flying testbeds designed to improve the environmental performance and safety of future airplanes.

“The ecoDemonstrator program is focused on harvesting exciting new technologies that will benefit our airline customers, the flying public and the environment,” said Mike Sinnett, vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Development.

The collaboration on the newest ecoDemonstrator project is the latest in a 38-year relationship between Boeing and FedEx.

“FedEx is committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions that connect the world responsibly and resourcefully,” said David Cunningham, president & CEO, FedEx Express. “We’re proud to work with Boeing and use our 777 Freighter to play a key role in bringing future benefits to the entire aviation industry.”

This round of ecoDemonstrator testing includes installing a compact thrust reverser developed by Boeing designed to save fuel, flight deck improvements that can improve efficient operations in and out of busy airports, and flying prototype airplane parts using cutting-edge manufacturing techniques that reduce material waste.

Flight testing is scheduled to last approximately three months before the airplane returns to the FedEx fleet.

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