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Alenia Joins Boeing's Sonic Cruiser (Feb. 13)

Finmeccanica announces that its subsidiary Alenia Aeronautica and Boeing Commercial Airplanes have reached an agreement regarding development work on the proposed Boeing Sonic Cruiser.

The Sonic Cruiser is a new airplane concept unveiled by Boeing in March 2001. The airplane has a dramatic new configuration and is designed to fly at speeds of up 0.98 Mach, to shorten travel times.

The agreement signed for the Sonic Cruiser, which represents and important opportunity for the growth of the Italian aerospace technological and industrial field, confirms the close links between Boeing and the Finmeccanica Group.

Boeing and Alenia Aeronautica have a long history of successful cooperation on most of Boeing programs. Alenia provides large subassemblies for 767,777,757 and 717 and through Aeronavali company is a main modification and service
center for Boeing Commercial and Military Airplanes. (ends)

Finmeccanica: Agreement Signed with Boeing for the Sonic Cruiser