Boeing scraps Connexion service

17 Aug 2006

Following a detailed business and market analysis, Boeing has decided to phase out its Connexion by Boeing service, effectively exiting the high-speed broadband communications connectivity markets.

Boeing will work with its customers to facilitate an orderly phase-out of the Connexion by Boeing service.

"Over the last six years, we have invested substantial time, resources and technology in Connexion by Boeing," said Boeing chairman, president and CEO Jim McNerney. "Regrettably, the market for this service has not materialized as had been expected. We believe this decision best balances the long-term interests of all parties with a stake in Connexion by Boeing."

As initially disclosed in the company's second-quarter financial results last July 26, Boeing expected to recognize a pre-tax charge of up to $320 million, or $0.26 per share, in the second half, of which approximately $290 million would be taken in the third quarter and the balance in the fourth quarter.

The company also expects a benefit to earnings of approximately $0.15 per share starting in 2007 without further investment in Connexion. The company will update its financial guidance when it releases third quarter results on Oct. 25.

The charge relates to writing down certain assets, payments of early termination fees and other costs related to shutting down the service. Boeing expects the majority of Connexion employees to find other jobs within the company.

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