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Boeing and Futura Sign Order for Up to Six Next-Generation 737s


FARNBOROUGH, England, July 21, 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Futura International Airways, a charter airline headquartered in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, today announced an order for three Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s and three purchase rights. The order for three airplanes is valued at approximately $210 million at list prices. The new airplanes, scheduled for delivery in 2009 and 2010, are for fleet growth.

“The 737 is the cornerstone of our fleet. We have wide experience with the 737-800, the 737-400 and the 737-300 and are extremely pleased with their low operating costs and excellent performance. We believe the 737-800 has the most advanced flight and safety systems in the history of civil aviation to date,” said Román Pané, president and CEO of Futura International Airways.

“Futura has a very successful history with the 737 family and we are thrilled to continue our partnership,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales, Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Airlines around the world continue to express their confidence in the Boeing Next-Generation 737’s superior economics, efficiency and reliability, and we continue to invest in the airplane to ensure its continued value to the marketplace.”
The Boeing 737 is the best-selling jet family ever. Customers have ordered more than 3,300 Next-Generation 737s, and more than 1,900 have been delivered. In addition, the 737 family has garnered more than 6,000 orders, with more than 5,000 deliveries.
Futura International Airways, S.A., founded on November 28, 1989, is the largest independent middle-range airline company in Europe. Until November 2002 (fiscal year), Aer Lingus owned 100% of the company’s shares. Since November 2002, as the result of a management buy-out backed by Corpfin Capital, a Spanish private equity company, Futura’s ownership profile has evolved. Corpfin Capital owns 65 percent of the shares, Aer Lingus (the Irish national carrier) maintains 20 percent, and the other 15 percent is owned by company management and employees. The airline currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 24 planes, including two 737-300s, one 737-300F, 10 737-400s and 11 737-800s.


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