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McDONNELL DOUGLAS JETS CERTIFIED FOR OPERATION IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES

 LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Aviation Register of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has certified the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and DC-10 for operations in the countries of the former Soviet Union.
 In a ceremony in Long Beach Friday, Aviation Register Senior Vice Chairman Anatoly Kruglov delivered the certificates to Robert H. Hood, president of the Douglas Aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas.
 Certification covers all models of the DC-9 and all DC-10 series aircraft and allows Aeroflot and the newly independent airlines in the CIS to initiate operations of the Douglas-built planes.
 McDonnell Douglas has also filed applications with the CIS for certification of its MD-80 intermediate range twin jet and its long- range widebody MD-11 trijet.
 Industry estimates suggest that member states of the CIS will need up to 1,600 jetliners over the next 10 years as replacements for older aircraft flown by Aeroflot, the long-standing Soviet airline.
 Hood said, "Certification of the DC-9 and DC-10 means that we can introduce our products into the Commonwealth's airlines. This will give them valuable experience with our aircraft's superior durability, with their high reliability and with our outstanding product support services."
 He added, "We're proud of the fact that the excellent service histories of the two aircraft contributed significantly to meeting the demanding Aviation Register's certification requirements."
 The issuance of the certificates by the CIS for the DC-9 and DC-10 follows more than three months of intense activity between McDonnell Douglas and the Aviation Register. The Aviation Register is the equivalent of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which cooperated in the process.
 Hood said the process for the DC-9 and DC-10 with the CIS was a first because McDonnell Douglas certified two substantially different aircraft types at the same time.
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 /CONTACT: John Thom of Douglas Aircraft Co., 310-593-9223/


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