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CHINA PLACES $800-MILLION ORDER FOR 21 BOEING JETLINERS

 SEATTLE, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) today placed an $800-million order for 20 Boeing 737-300s and one 757-200, according to Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.
 The airplanes will add capacity to China's rapidly expanding airlines which flew 31.7 percent more passengers last year than during the prior year.
 The order was signed at a luncheon of the Washington State China Relations Council (WSCRC) during this week's visit to Seattle by the vice chairman of China's State Planning Commission, Gan Ziyu.
 "Boeing will deliver 14 percent of its airplanes this year to the People's Republic of China. That's 47 jetliners," Bob Dryden, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group executive vice president, told the luncheon audience. "More importantly, that's a lot of jobs in the Puget Sound area and in Wichita, as well as among our suppliers, that are due to the confidence China's airlines have placed in us." Some of the twinjets ordered today will be operated by airlines in China which are converting from turboprop to jet service. Among the new Boeing jet operators will be China Xinhua Airlines, Zhongyuan Airlines and Xinjiang Airlines. There are 35 airlines in China of which 18 are expected to be jet operators by the end of 1993.
 Boeing has delivered 125 jetliners to China and, with today's announcement, has orders for 69 more. Another 21 Boeing aircraft are due to be delivered to China by various leasing companies. Official Chinese sources state the country will need 800 more airplanes during the next 15 years to meet the demand caused by China's robust economy, which continues to grow between 6 percent and 7 percent annually compared to 3 percent for the rest of the world.
 By the end of 1993, China will be operating about 90 Boeing 737s, of which 73 are new-generation 737-300s and -500s. With quiet, fuel- efficient CFM56 engines, the 737 enjoys a worldwide dispatch reliability in excess of 99 percent. Its ability to land on short, low-strength runways makes it the trunk aircraft for many of China's remote locations.
 The 757-200 ordered today will join a fleet of 14 already operated by China Southern. In December, the airline ordered six of Boeing's new 777, a twinjet sized between the 767 and the 747, that will begin test flying next year.
 Other dignitaries at the Washington State China Relations Council luncheon were Ye Yigan, president, China Aviation Supplies Corp.; U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton; Seattle Mayor Norm Rice; U.S. Representatives Jennifer Dunn and Mike Kreidler; and Lawrence Clarkson, WSCRC president and Boeing corporate vice president for planning and international development.
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 /CONTACT: David Jensen, 206-237-8051, or Craig Martin, 206-237-8050, both of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group/
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