ST. LOUIS, July 13, 2007 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Illinois will benefit from an estimated 3,300 direct and indirect jobs if it is selected to build the U.S. Air Force’s new tanker aircraft fleet. The economic activity generated in Illinois will exceed an estimated $140 million annually. “Our state has a strong and capable aerospace industry — one that is ready and able to deliver the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation tanker,” said Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. Boeing formally submitted its proposal to the Air Force on April 10. The offering, the KC-767 Advanced Tanker, is designed for aerial refueling of other aircraft, but also is able to move cargo, passengers, patients and medical crewmembers. These capabilities, combined with best-in-competition fuel efficiency, global flexibility and space usage, provide a strong value proposition to the Air Force.
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