Boeing continues to expect earnings per share of $5.70 to $5.85 in 2008, as company-wide performance and productivity are expected to offset the AEW&C charge by year-end. The company also continues to expect strong double-digit earnings growth in 2009 with earnings per share guidance unchanged at $6.80 to $7.00.
The pre-tax charge on the AEW&C program is estimated to be approximately $250 million and is primarily due to subsystem development issues on the electronic warfare and ground support systems as well as additional time required for integration testing. Significant progress has been made on radar development and overall mission system integration. Boeing expects to deliver the first two of Australia's six aircraft with interim capability in July 2009, four months later than previously scheduled. These two aircraft and the remaining four aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2010 with full capability. Boeing does not believe this delay will affect deliveries to any of its other AEW&C customers.
Boeing will provide second-quarter results and a more detailed update of financial guidance with its earnings release announcement on July 23.
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