BOEING DEMONSTRATES 767 TWINJET AT WORLD'S 'ROOFTOP'
SEATTLE, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In a dramatic demonstration of its performance capabilities, a 271-passenger Boeing 767 powered by only one of its two engines today took off, circled and landed at Lhasa, Tibet, one of the world's highest and most challenging airports, Boeing announced today. Lhasa's Gongga Airport, at an altitude of 3,542 meters (11,621 feet), sits in a box canyon surrounded by peaks more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) high. Local authorities recently upgraded the airport with a new runway and 33,000 square foot (9,146m2) passenger terminal to handle the increase in traffic. The General Electric CF6-80 powered 767-300ER, with CAAC flight safety and airworthiness staff on board, took off with one engine retarded at the most critical speed. The aircraft continued to climb, made a right turn within the canyon and returned to the airport for a safe landing and ceremony marking the event. The demonstration flight was under control of Boeing Chief Pilot John Armstrong and Senior Instructor Pilot Roger Thompson. Working in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Boeing flight engineers and pilots prepared for the demonstration by completing the flight many times on simulators in Seattle. The engineering effort calculated the performance of the airplane on the route and confirmed the 767 as a candidate for expanded air service to Lhasa. After CAAC and Boeing successfully demonstrated the smaller 757 twinjet at Lhasa on March 19, 1991, China Southwest Airlines switched from 707 service to 757 equipment, significantly improving its operating costs on the Chengdu-Lhasa route. However, Lhasa has become such a popular tourist destination -- especially during the summer -- that China Southwest is evaluating the larger 767 for the route. Armstrong said there was ample room within the valley for the 767 to perform the circling maneuver, which the CAAC requires in the event of an engine failure. More than 50 representatives from eight airlines in China and from the CAAC witnessed the demonstration, including Capt. Li Dan Hang, China Southwest Airlines chief pilot, and Yan Shi An, vice president, Air China. Also in attendance were Ron King, vice president of International Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group; and Rajendra Nath, vice president and general manager, GE Aircraft Engines (China). Also along were five media representatives from China and two Western journalists. The 767 entered regular passenger service in 1982. As of June 30 some 55 customers had ordered 665 of the widebodies, of which 500 have been delivered. The largest 767 fleets are operated by American Airlines (63 airplanes), Delta (54), All Nippon Airways (51), United Airlines (39), Air Canada (20), British Airways (19), Qantas (19), Gulf Air (16) and Japan Airlines (15). Airlines in China operating the 767 include Air China and China Southern. Shanghai Airlines ordered five of the twinjets on May 14 to complement its fleet of 757s. The 767 currently holds the distance record for twinjet airliners. On June 10, 1990, a Royal Brunei 767-200ER flew 9,253 statute miles (14,890 km) from Seattle to Nairobi, Kenya in 17 hours, 51 minutes. With its superior comfort, advanced avionics and efficient, high- bypass engines (available from Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney, as well as from GE), the Boeing 767 has the lowest seat-mile cost of any widebody jet in service. -0- 7/27/93 /CONTACT: David Jensen, 206-237-8051, of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group/ (BA)
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