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McDONNELL DOUGLAS INTRODUCES REVOLUTIONARY NEW DESIGN FOR MD-12 LONG-RANGE AIRLINER

 McDONNELL DOUGLAS INTRODUCES REVOLUTIONARY
 NEW DESIGN FOR MD-12 LONG-RANGE AIRLINER
 LONG BEACH, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) today introduced a revolutionary new design for its MD-12 long-range airliner, planned for entry into service in 1997.
 The four-engine, double-deck wide-body jetliner will be the most spacious aircraft in commercial service. The new design features two passenger levels capable of carrying up to 511 travelers in a typical three-class arrangement.
 Robert H. Hood, president of Douglas Aircraft Co., the transport aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas, said the MD-12's superior non- stop range capability will "cut hours off the time it takes to travel between the world's distant cities, and passengers will enjoy unheard of comfort and amenities in the widest and roomiest airplane in the sky."
 Hood said the MD-12 concept is the result of McDonnell Douglas' goal to design the "plane for the 21st century" and to meet the rigorous requirements of the world's airlines. "We are designing the MD-12 in concert with executives from many of the world's leading airlines. They are helping us create the most advanced high capacity, long-range aircraft. Our four-engine, double-deck design answers their needs for passenger comfort and operating efficiencies," he said.
 The MD-12 design evolved from a trijet to a four-engine, two- passenger-level airplane when the needs for higher passenger capacity and for more efficient operating economies were defined by the airlines. "The MD-12 is the first of a new family of aircraft and has significant growth potential," said Walt Orlowski, vice president and general manager of the MD-12 program.
 "We have the wing design, fuselage cross section and growth potential to offer many combinations of high passenger capacity with maximum range and payload. Airlines can build their long-range fleets with confidence that the MD-12 will keep pace with their traffic growth," Orlowski said.
 McDonnell Douglas estimates that the long-range, wide-body market segment has the potential for nearly 2,500 aircraft sales over the next 20 years with a value exceeding $300 billion. "We expect to capture a fair share of that market," Hood said. "We have an airplane with more cabin space, superior technology, better performance characteristics, and more passenger comfort to succeed head to head with the competition, and our high capacity MD-12 will be available before any other new models."
 The MD-12 family of aircraft will include a long-range version capable of flying more than 9,000 statute miles non-stop between cities such as New York and Taipei, Dallas and Seoul, and Singapore and Zurich. A high-capacity version, which will carry up to 511 passengers, will fly more than 8,200 statute miles.
 Two other versions currently planned for the MD-12 family are a freighter and a "combi." A "combi" is designed to carry both passengers and cargo on the main decks.
 McDonnell Douglas is also studying a stretch version of the MD-12, which would carry more than 600 passengers in a three-class configuration, and a twin-engine version with a capacity of approximately 500 passengers in a three-class configuration.
 The company plans to offer airlines a choice of engines from General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce.
 All versions of the MD-12 family are being designed to serve major world airports. Its 213-foot wingspan will allow it to load and unload at gates already being served by other large jets.
 McDonnell Douglas is continuing to hold talks with potential partners for the MD-12 program as well as for its commercial aircraft operations. The company will create partnerships with equity owners as well as subassembly and component suppliers.
 The company also plans to announce later this year the U.S. site location of its new MD-12 final assembly facility. The MD-12 will be assembled in an all-new, state-of-the-art facility, drawing aircraft parts and assemblies from suppliers around the world. Nine cities in eight states are under consideration for the new site.
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 /CONTACT: John Thom of Douglas Aircraft, 213-593-9223/
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