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BRITANNIA SIGNS FIRST BOEING ORDER OF 1993

 SEATTLE, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The year's first order for Boeing aircraft has been placed by Britannia Airways, Britain's second largest carrier, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group said today. The order for five 757s is valued at approximately $275 million.
 Britannia, which will receive the first aircraft from today's order in 1994, said it has leased two additional 757s. The carrier presently operates an all-Boeing jet fleet of 737s, 757s and 767s, and will receive seven new 757s (four leased) in the first half of 1993 under previously announced orders.
 In a 1991 announcement, Britannia's Managing Director Roger Burnell said, "The 757s already in service are proving very popular with our passengers. Our studies have proven the Boeing 757 to be an excellent aircraft which offers a high degree of engineering and operational commonality with our 767 fleet."
 The 757 and twin-aisle 767 were developed concurrently and share technological advancements in propulsion, aerodynamics, avionics and materials. High commonality between the two in these areas, as well as in the flight deck design, reduces airline training and spares requirements. Britannia's 757s, powered by Rolls-Royce RB211 engines, accommodate 235 passengers in an all-economy configuration.
 The 757s ordered today are intended to replace the carrier's smaller 737s and will be utilized both on routes between Britain and destinations around the Mediterranean, and to the United States.
 To date, 39 customers have ordered 813 Boeing 757s.
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 /CONTACT: John Dern of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-237-3657/
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