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McDONNELL DOUGLAS DELIVERS 2,000TH TWIN JET

 McDONNELL DOUGLAS DELIVERS 2,000TH TWIN JET
 LONG BEACH, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2,000th twin jet


built by McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) has been delivered to American Airlines, a major milestone in the aircraft manufacturer's long history of commercial transports.
 American took delivery of an MD-80 airliner, successor to the Douglas DC-9 twin jet, on June 11 at the company's plant here in Long Beach. To date, a total of 253 MD-80s have been delivered to American.
 The first DC-9-10 had its maiden flight 27 years ago on Feb. 25, 1965. This aircraft, which revolutionized travel between America's smaller-sized cities, led to the development of the DC-9-20, -30, -40, and eventually -50. In all, almost 1,000 DC-9s were delivered, 976 to be exact, before giving way to the next-generation twin jet, the MD-80.
 The environmentally friendly MD-80 began its life in the late 1970s, when Douglas Aircraft began to study how to enhance the performance of the DC-9. Originally designated as the DC-9-55, the aircraft's name was changed to DC-9 Super 80 to mark the technological improvements to the twin jet.
 The DC-9 Super 80 first flew on Oct. 18, 1979. Later, it was renamed the MD-80 series, in line with the company's decision to incorporate the McDonnell Douglas name in all products.
 Currently, this series is being delivered in five models: the MD-81, -82, -83, -87, and -88. The design differences in these models specifically relate to maximum weight, range, size and avionics. The MD-80 family provides airlines and passengers with the efficiency, economy and comfort expected by today's traveling public. The aircraft is noted for having the quietest passenger cabin of any modern transport.
 The technological traditions and state-of-the-art advances in Douglas' twin-jet series are being carried on with the production of the MD-90. Maiden flight of the first MD-90 test airplane is scheduled for early next year. In addition, development of the MD-95 is also continuing the advancement of the twin-jet series by offering customers a smaller version of Douglas' revolutionary transport aircraft.
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 /CONTACT: Warren Lamb of Douglas Aircraft Company, 310-593-3269/
 (MD) CO: McDonnell Douglas; American Airlines ST: California IN: ARO SU:


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