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GARUDA INDONESIA TAKES DELIVERY OF NEW MD-11

 LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, has added a new McDonnell Douglas MD-11 long range trijet airliner to its fleet in Jakarta for service in its international operations.
 Wage Mulyono, president of the airline, accepted the new aircraft from Bob Hood, president of the Douglas Aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas, in a brief ceremony on the Douglas flight ramp at Long Beach Wednesday afternoon.
 The MD-11 has 300 passenger seats in a three-class arrangement. It is powered by three General Electric CF6-80C2 engines, each with 61,000 pounds of takeoff thrust. With a maximum takeoff weight of 618,000 pounds, the aircraft has non-stop range capability of nearly 8,000 statute miles (12,875 km) with a full payload.
 The new aircraft is the sixth MD-11 in Garuda's fleet and the third delivered under a lease arrangement announced in October. The delivery establishes Garuda as operator of the largest fleet of the advanced trijets in the Asia/Pacific area.
 The airline began operating the advanced technology trijets early in 1992, and now uses them on routes linking Jakarta with destinations around the globe.
 "Garuda's rapid expansion of their MD-11 operations shows it is the right aircraft for their most important needs," said Haluk Durudogan, Douglas regional director for marketing. "It also is testimony to the excellent efforts of everyone in the airline in getting them into service."
 The Garuda MD-11s have compiled a record of more than 18,000 hours of revenue service. The fleet has achieved a dispatch reliability rate exceeding 98 percent -- fewer than two departures in 100 are delayed more than 15 minutes due to mechanical causes.
 Garuda Captain Natadimadja Buchori piloted the new plane on the delivery flight to Jakarta, leaving Long Beach late Thursday with a contingent of Garuda executives and airline guests on board.
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 /CONTACT: Don Hanson of Douglas Aircraft Co., 310-593-4710/


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