Boeing Unit Selects B/E Aerospace for Integration, Certification, and Kit Production of in-Flight Connectivity Systems(WELLINGTON, Fla.- September 6, 2005) -- B/E Aerospace, Inc. (Nasdaq:BEAV), the world's leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and a leading aftermarket distributor of aerospace fasteners, announced that Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), has selected B/E to provide integration, certification, and kit production of in-flight high-speed Internet service for Boeing 777 and 767 jetliners. Approximately 1,400 of these aircraft are in service today.
B/E will provide design and certification, and will manufacture installation kits for Boeing 777 and 767 airplanes to be outfitted with Boeing's award-winning Connexion by Boeing(SM) service. Connexion by Boeing enables commercial aircraft operators to deliver in-flight high-speed Internet, data, and entertainment connectivity to passengers. Eight major airlines have begun offering this service and three others have announced their intention to provide the service.
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"B/E Aerospace has demonstrated the technical capability and manufacturing expertise that make it an excellent match for the demands of this program," said Connexion by Boeing director, supply chain and production, Jeff Flagel. "Their experience on similar programs ensures rapid certification and quality installations for our airline customers around the world."
"We are pleased to expand our relationship with Connexion by Boeing," said B/E President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Khoury. "This technology is truly exciting, and we look forward to our role in helping bring broadband connectivity to more passengers."
B/E is a leading provider of modification and integration services to the commercial aviation industry. With over 195 Supplemental Type Certificates, B/E specializes in the engineering and certification of aircraft reconfigurations, crew rest systems, freighter conversions and communication systems programs.
About Connexion by Boeing
Connexion by Boeing is, for the second year running, the recipient of the World Travel Award for World's Leading High-Speed In-flight Internet Services Provider. It was recently named one of the wireless companies to watch in 2005 by IDC wireless services analysts, and is the recipient of Network Magazine's Innovation Awards 2005 honor for "Product Breakthrough." Through a broadband connection to an equipped aircraft, high-speed Internet, data and entertainment connectivity is delivered directly to travelers in flight. The Connexion by Boeing service is available today on flights offered by Lufthansa, SAS, Japan Airlines, ANA, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines. In addition, El Al Israel Airlines, Etihad Airways and Austrian Airlines have announced their intent to install the Connexion by Boeing system on their long-range aircraft. Connexion by Boeing also offers a high-speed connectivity solution for the business aviation market and recently announced its launch customer for the maritime market.
About B/E Aerospace, Inc.
B/E Aerospace, Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products, and a leading aftermarket distributor of aerospace fasteners. B/E designs, develops and manufactures a broad range of products for both commercial aircraft and business jets. B/E manufactured products include seating, lighting, oxygen, and food and beverage preparation and storage equipment. The Company also provides cabin interior design, reconfiguration and passenger-to-freighter conversion services. Products for the existing aircraft fleet -- the aftermarket -- generate about 60 percent of sales. B/E sells its products through its own global direct sales organization. For more information, visit B/E's website at http://www.beaerospace.com.
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