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1,000th BOEING 747 TO ROLL OUT

 EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing announced it will roll out its 1,000th 747 superjet today as thousands of current and retired employees, government and business leaders, airline officials and other VIPs gather in Everett.
 A marching band will lead the jumbo jet through the massive factory doors onto a concrete apron. The blue-tailed airplane will sport the logos of carriers that have ordered the superjet.
 In the 25 years since the first 747 rolled out, the wide-body jetliners has performed many roles. It has carried more than 1.4 billion passengers -- roughly the equivalent of one-quarter of the Earth's population. It has served as a freighter in times of war and peace. And it is the airborne office for the president of the United States and other heads of state.
 The 747 also is one of America's largest export products. Sales to customers outside the U.S. have totalled nearly $115 billion since Lufthansa became the first non-U.S. airline to purchase a 747 in early 1970. The 1,000th wide-body 747 is scheduled to be delivered to Singapore Airlines on Oct. 12.
 With its 8,000-mile-plus range, the 747 has in effect shrunk the world by reducing the time required to travel around the globe. The jetliner also has stimulated commerce in other ways: last year alone, the 747 provided direct jobs for 32,800 Boeing employees, 36,800 employees at U.S. suppliers, and 10,400 employees of non-U.S. suppliers.
 Boeing has evolved 15 versions of the 747 in response to airline needs, so that the 1,000th airplane, although similar in appearance, is actually very different from the airplane that first rolled out in 1968. Today's 747-400 has better fuel efficiency, more range, higher passenger capacity, and advanced flight deck and engine technologies. Boeing has received orders for 1,177 of the 747s.
 "This is a remarkable achievement," said Edward Renouard, vice president and general manager of Boeing's Everett Division. "Today's celebration honors the incredible efforts of the men and women of Boeing who, since the middle 1960s, have designed and built this marvelous airplane here at Everett. But even more so, today's celebration launches the next 1,000 Boeing 747s."
 "The 747 has changed the world," added Dean Thornton, president of the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. "It made traveling between countries affordable and it made shipping cargo affordable. It opened up flying to everyone."
 Speaking on behalf of the companies that manufacture the six million parts used in assembling each 747, Bill Swiech, vice president and general manager of Rockwell International's operations in Tulsa, Okla., said, "Phrases like quality, continuous process improvement, reducing costs and improving cycle times are widely used today, but they have been watchwords for the 747 team from the start. The proof that they pay off is right here today.
 "We have averaged over 1,000 employees per year in production and support of 747 end items. Total payroll for those jobs is in excess of $1 billion," Swiech added. "These are impressive numbers, and we are one of 1,100 suppliers whose communities have benefited economically from their association with this program."
 Others scheduled to speak at the ceremony include Malcolm Stamper, retired Boeing vice chairman and the first general manager for the 747 program; John Borger, retired vice president and chief engineer for Pan Am, first customer for the 747; Giles Killick, vice president for Singapore Airlines; and Mildred Hughes, one of hundreds of Boeing employees who have worked on all 1,000 airplanes. Washington Gov. Mike Lowry will join the speakers on the stage.
 "The word 'pride' will pop up in most of the speeches given today. It's a word Boeing people understand well," Hughes said. "I am proud to have had the honor of working on the 747. It's a legend that we've built over the past 25 years and a legacy that will go into the next 1,000 airplanes."
 Pan Am launched the 747 program in 1966, with an order for 25 airplanes. During 25 years since the first 747 rolled out, the 747 has flown more than 17.9 billion miles, or the equivalent of 40,000 trips to the moon and back. Today, it provides 42 percent of the world's freighter fleet capability.
 In the history of commercial aviation, only four other jetliners besides the 747 -- the Boeing 707, 727, 737 and McDonnell Douglas's MD-80 family of twinjets -- have sold more than 1,000 units.
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