EX-5.1 3 d693929dex51.htm EX-5.1 EX-5.1

Exhibit 5.1

 

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February 15, 2019

The Boeing Company

100 North Riverside

Chicago, Illinois 60606-1596

 

  Re:

Registration Statement on Form S-3

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We are issuing this opinion letter in our capacity as legal counsel to The Boeing Company, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the issuance and sale by the Company of $400,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 2.800% Senior Notes due 2024 (the “2024 Notes”), $400,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 3.200% Senior Notes due 2029, $400,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 3.500% Senior Notes due 2039 and $300,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 3.825% Senior Notes due 2059 (the “2059 Notes” and, together with the 2024 Notes, the 2029 Notes and the 2039 Notes, the “Notes”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

In that connection, we have examined originals, or copies certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of such documents, corporate records and other instruments as we have deemed necessary for the purposes of this opinion, including (i) the certificate of incorporation and by-laws of the Company, (ii) the registration statement on Form S-3 (No. 333-219630) (as amended or supplemented, the “Registration Statement”) to which this letter is an exhibit, (iii) the indenture, dated February 1, 2003, between the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as successor trustee to JPMorgan Chase Bank (the “Indenture”), and (iv) copies of the Notes.

For purposes of this opinion, we have assumed the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity to the originals of all documents submitted to us as copies and the authenticity of the originals of all documents submitted to us as copies. We have also assumed the legal capacity of all natural persons, the genuineness of the signatures of persons signing all documents in connection with which this opinion is rendered, the authority of such persons signing on behalf of the parties thereto other than the Company and the due authorization, execution and delivery of all documents by the parties thereto other than the Company. We have not independently established or verified any facts relevant to the opinion expressed herein, but have relied upon statements and representations of officers and other representatives of the Company and others.

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The Boeing Company

February 15, 2019

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Our opinion expressed below is subject to the qualifications that we express no opinion as to the applicability of, compliance with, or effect of (i) any bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, fraudulent transfer, fraudulent conveyance, moratorium or other similar law affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally, (ii) general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforcement is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law), (iii) public policy considerations that may limit the rights of parties to obtain certain remedies and (iv) any laws except the laws of the State of New York and the Delaware General Corporation Law.

Based upon and subject to the foregoing qualifications, assumptions and limitations and the further limitations set forth below, we are of the opinion that the Notes have been duly authorized and are binding obligations of the Company.

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion with the Securities and Exchange Commission as Exhibit 5.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K and to its incorporation into the Registration Statement. We also consent to the reference to our firm under the heading “Legal Matters” in the prospectus constituting part of the Registration Statement. In giving this consent, we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

We have also assumed that the execution and delivery of the Indenture and the Notes and the performance by the Company of its obligations thereunder do not and will not violate, conflict with or constitute a default under any agreement or instrument to which the Company is bound.

Our advice on every legal issue addressed in this letter is based exclusively on the internal law of the State of New York and the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. We do not find it necessary for purposes of this opinion, and accordingly we do not purport to cover herein, the application of the securities or “blue sky” laws of the various states to the sale of the Notes.


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The Boeing Company

February 15, 2019

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This opinion is limited to the specific issues addressed herein, and no opinion may be inferred or implied beyond that expressly stated herein. This opinion speaks only as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to revise or supplement this opinion. This opinion is furnished to you in connection with the filing of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, which is incorporated into the Registration Statement, and in accordance with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Act, and is not to be used, circulated, quoted or otherwise relied upon for any other purposes.

 

Sincerely,

/s/ KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP

KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP