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AVIANCA AIRLINES RENEWS FLEET WITH MD-80s

 AVIANCA AIRLINES RENEWS FLEET WITH MD-80s
 LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Avianca, the airline


of Colombia, will acquire 11 new McDonnell Douglas MD-80 twin jet transports under an agreement announced today in Bogota, Colombia.
 The new aircraft will be extended-range MD-83 models. They will be used on Avianca's domestic routes and in regional service to cities including Miami, Caracas, Venezuela, Quito, Ecuador, Panama City, Panama, and Aruba, Netherlands Antilles.
 The MD-80s will be leased through Irish Aerospace of Ireland. The new aircraft will replace older three-engine jetliners now in service, to modernize the airline's fleet, improve operating efficiency and provide greater passenger comfort.
 The MD-80s feature a popular five-abreast seating arrangement. Avianca will operate two configurations, one with 143 seats in two classes and another with 152 seats in two classes.
 The first of the aircraft will be delivered in February, and all will be in service by the end of 1992. Training of flight crews and ground service personnel has been under way for several months.
 The MD-83 is 147.9 feet (45.08 meters) long, with a wing span of 107.8 feet (32.86 meters). It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 engines, each rated at 21,000 pounds takeoff thrust. The aircraft cruises at a speed of Mach 0.76 at 35,000 feet (10,668 meters) altitude -- approximately 504 mph (811 kmph).
 With a maximum takeoff weight of 160,000 pounds (72,576 kilograms), the MD-83 has a space-limited payload capability of 35,705 pounds (16,196 kilograms) and a non-stop range capability of 2500 statute miles.
 Avianca, based in Bogota, is the longest serving airline in the Americas, with a record of 71 years of operation. The MD-80s will be the first McDonnell Douglas jetliners in the carrier's fleet, renewing a relationship between the airline and McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) that spanned many years of flight with propeller-driven DC-3s, DC-4s and DC-6s in the 1930s, '40s and '50s.
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 /CONTACT: Don Hanson of Douglas Aircraft Co., 310-593-4710/
 (MD) CO: McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Co. ST: California IN: AIR SU:


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