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KUWAIT AIRWAYS ORDERS THREE BOEING 747-400 COMBIS

 KUWAIT AIRWAYS ORDERS THREE BOEING 747-400 COMBIS
 SEATTLE, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Kuwait Airways, the flag carrier


of Kuwait, has ordered three 747-400 Combis, making it the first Middle East carrier to select the new generation wide-body jetliner, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group announced today.
 The three jetliners are valued at approximately $500 million. The airline has chosen General Electric CF6-80C2-B1F engines.
 The 747-400 Combis ordered by the airline will service routes out of Kuwait into Europe, Asia and the United States. Kuwait Airways operates nine other Boeing airplanes, including one 707, four 727s, three 747s and one 767.
 A. Al-Mishari, chairman and managing director of Kuwait Airways, said, "Kuwait Airways selected the 747-400 Combi because of its flexibility, and due to the excellent experience the airline has had operating Boeing aircraft."
 Boeing Commercial Airplane Group President Dean Thornton said Kuwait Airway's decision to purchase the 747s "demonstrates its confidence in the 747-400 Combi as a key ingredient in renewing its fleet, and in its commitment to position itself as a major international carrier."
 The Boeing 747-400 has the longest range and is the largest, most modern of the Boeing family of jetliners. Its technical accomplishments include improved aerodynamics, advanced structural materials and state-of-the-art avionics. The 747-400 also is unparalleled in its passenger-pleasing interior designs.
 The Combi version is equipped with a large cargo door behind the left wing plus equipment that allows passenger seats to be removed and cargo tracks to be installed. These features give the airline the option to carry containerized or palletized cargo on the main deck behind the passengers. If traffic demands, the airlines can carry less cargo and more passengers, or a full planeload of passengers. Thus, the Combi enables the airline to adapt to variations in seasonal markets and charter demands.
 Since its introduction in 1988, 32 customers have ordered 448 of the 747-400s, including 37 Combis.
 Boeing's backlog of announced orders is now more than 1,570 airplanes valued at more than $90 billion in current dollars.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Hooper of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-234-9330/
 (BA) CO: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group ST: Washington IN: AIR SU: CON


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