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Aust manufacturers contribute to success of Boeing's 787

16 July, 2007

"The worldwide roll-out of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is a tremendous advance in aeronautics and a major win for Australian manufacturing," said Tim Piper the Victorian Director from the Australian Industry Group.

"At the launch in Seattle, which was beamed to many Boeing sites throughout the world - including Hawker de Havilland in Melbourne - the company said the 787 Dreamliner was already the fastest- selling jet airliner in aviation history.

"Boeing currently has 634 orders worth $US100 billion, including a confirmed order for 45 planes from Qantas and Jetstar, and options to purchase the rights for a further 70 Dreamliners," Piper said.

"Hawker de Havilland has out-sourced over $160 million of contracts to more than 100 Australian suppliers. We look forward to maintaining that relationship over the life of the project - estimated to continue for at least the next 30 years.

"This work will serve to highlight Australian know-how and cutting-edge technology; it will provide support to local manufacturing; and it will contribute to the domestic economy. This is an extremely positive message from Hawker de Havilland," Piper said.

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