Boeing Names Stork Fokker to 747 Large Cargo Freighter Design Team

4/18/2005, 12:10 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
Boeing (NYSE: BA) has named Stork Fokker AESP of the Netherlands to its team designing the structure of the 747 Large Cargo Freighter, a specially modified 747-400 jet that will transport major assemblies for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Stork Fokker and Boeing will collaborate on the design of the Large
Cargo Freighter's all-new pressure bulkhead. The bulkhead protects
the cockpit area from cargo sliding forward and helps maintain the
cockpit's cabin pressure. Stork Fokker joins Spain's Gamesa
Aeronautica and Boeing engineers in Everett, Wash., Moscow and Canoga
Park, Calif., in developing the unique freighter's structural design.

"Stork Fokker of the Netherlands has a long and successful history
with Boeing and they are a strong addition to our design team," said
Kees Blekxtoon, Boeing Vice President for Northern & Western Europe.
"Stork's proven capabilities will be put to excellent use in
designing this all-new component of the Large Cargo Freighter."

"We are especially pleased to be part of the Large Cargo Freighter
program because it provides the opportunity for Stork Fokker's
engineers and Boeing engineers to work parallel within the same
disciplines. A fully integrated team is the result of this unique
approach," said Henk Valk, Stork Fokker executive vice president -
Marketing and Sales.

Boeing will use three Large Cargo Freighters as the primary means of
transporting major 787 assemblies to its Everett, Wash., final
assembly site from suppliers around the world.

The 787 is an all-new family of mid-sized airplanes that will provide
exceptional fuel efficiencies for airlines and superior comfort for
passengers. It enters service in 2008.
Press information:
Stork N.V. / Dick Kors
Tel.: +31 (0)35 695 75 75
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