Leading Edge Selected to Paint Boeing 787's from South Carolina

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Company contracted to provide final painting and livery application for Dreamliners

Leading Edge Aviation Services and Boeing sign contract during ceremony on February 2, 2011

“It is truly an honor to be part of the Boeing team on this ground-breaking project,” said Mike Manclark, Chief Executive Officer, LEAS.

Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS), the world’s largest commercial aircraft painting company, has been selected by The Boeing Company to provide the final painting and livery applications for all 787’s being delivered from the company’s new 787 Final Assembly & Delivery facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The work will be performed in Leading Edge’s Amarillo, Texas facility, which is currently configuring and upgrading their wide body hangar to accommodate this very special aircraft and program. The facility currently employs over 200 workers, and serves as the dedicated paint hub for major airlines such as Southwest, UPS, and United Airlines.

“It is truly an honor to be part of the Boeing team on this ground-breaking project,” said Mike Manclark, Chief Executive Officer, LEAS. “Since day one Leading Edge’s goal was to set up and establish quality systems and facilities to eventually become an integral part and team member with Boeing. This contract culminates many years of effort and thousands s of quality aircraft deliveries to finally make this goal a reality. Being selected to contribute to such an amazing project and truly remarkable aircraft is a great honor. We are proud to join Boeing on this historic contract, and look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”

“It’s great to work with a company that is as committed to quality as we are here at Leading Edge,” added Manclark. “Boeing is one of the most highly respected companies on the planet, and we are honored to be selected to play a key role in helping to make the new South Carolina 787 facility a success.”

Leading Edge Aviation Services
Headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., with facilities across the United States, Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. is one of the most advanced, commercial aircraft services companies in the world. Specializing in commercial and military aircraft painting, the company also provides a wide range of commercial services, including fuel system servicing, mod-center support, contract labor, line-turn maintenance, composite and sheet metal, long and short term aircraft storage, field audits, fleet assessments, interior deep cleaning, and strip and painting services to various branches of the United States Military. For more information, visit http://www.leadingedgecorp.com.

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