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AVIACO EXPANDS SERVICE WITH NEW McDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-88

       AVIACO EXPANDS SERVICE WITH NEW McDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-88
    LONG BEACH, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) has delivered another MD-88 to Aviaco (Aviacion y Comercio S.A.), which will use the new twin jet to continue expansion of the Spanish airline's domestic passenger air service.
    In ceremonies at the Douglas Aircraft Co. plant in Long Beach, Aviaco Director of Operations Jesus Revilla took delivery of the MD-88 aircraft.  Two additional MD-88s are scheduled to be delivered to the airline this year, with eight more due in 1992.
    Revilla joined John Wolf, executive vice president - commercial programs, for the airplane delivery.  Also present for the special event was Emilio Romeu, Aviaco's director of operations when the MD-88 agreement was established and signed.
    In his remarks, Wolf noted the nearly 30-year relationship between McDonnell Douglas and Aviaco, beginning in 1962 when the airline first leased and operated DC-3 and DC-6B aircraft.  In the 1970s, Aviaco operated versions of the DC-8, then DC-9-30s -- most of which remain in the airline's fleet.  The first of Aviaco's leased MD-83s was delivered in 1989.  Four aircraft are in service today and will be replaced by the new MD-88.
    Wolf pointed out the advanced features of the MD-88, which is one of five versions of the MD-80 family of McDonnell Douglas short-to- medium range twin airliners.  He also said the airplane is a proven workhorse and that it "consistently maintains the highest dispatch reliability in all of Europe, with an unbelievable rating of over 99 percent."
    McDonnell Douglas has delivered more than 900 MD-80s.  The quiet, fuel-efficient and pro-environment McDonnell Douglas twin-engine airplanes are in service with more than 50 operators around the world, flying in nearly 70 countries.
    The McDonnell Douglas family of twin jets was named winner of the Air Transport World Airline Technology Achievement Award, honoring 25 years of successful DC-9, MD-80 and MD-90 design, production and in- service performance accomplishments.
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    /CONTACT:  Warren Lamb of Douglas Aircraft Co., 213-593-3269/
    (MD) CO:  Douglas Aircraft Co. ST:  California IN:  ARO SU: AL -- LA016 -- 0281 11/01/91 14:05 EST
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