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 SEATTLE, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- With the tenth anniversary of the

first Boeing 757 delivery just a month away, the 500th 757 twinjet to roll off the assembly lines was delivered today to Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL).
 Delta now operates 79 Boeing 757s -- more than any other airline in the world. "The competition in our industry today is intense. We need airplanes that will operate efficiently on many varied routes, and the 757 delivers the kind of performance and versatility we need," explained Harold McDonald, Delta's assistant vice president - engineering.
 Born in 1979 in the midst of dramatic changes brought on by airline deregulation in the United States and first delivered in late 1982, the 757 -- like its sister airplane, the twin-aisle 767 -- is designed to meet the challenges commercial airlines face well into the 21st century. "The rules of the game have changed for our customers over the past 20 years," noted Ron Woodard, vice president and general manager of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's Renton Division, where 757s are assembled. "Airlines began competing in different ways, and they began to make new demands on aircraft."
 One of those demands was for aircraft with increased operating efficiency. The 757's high-bypass engines, lightweight materials and exceptional aerodynamics offer up to 43 percent less fuel consumption than older jets and overall operating costs unmatched by any other airliner in its class.
 Another demand was for an airplane with versatility, particularly with the advent of hub-and-spoke operations in the early 1980s. "Customers saw real value in a plane that could be used on a variety of routes," said Woodard. "That gives them the capability to serve many different markets profitably and the flexibility to enter new ones quickly when opportunities emerge," he added.
 "The 757 carries more payload farther at less cost than competing airplanes," explained Doug Miller, 757 chief engineer. "But it was designed to do more than that. Its twin-engine design and advanced wing allow it to fly shorter routes economically, too."
 Seating from 175 to 231 passengers depending on which configuration is chosen, the 757 is the only jetliner in its class that can bring 200-seat service to airports and airline routes traditionally reserved for much smaller airplanes. At the same time, as the only standard-body twinjet capable of flying at altitudes of 42,000 feet, the 757 can fly direct paths above weather and traffic congestion on longer flights. This provides the most direct service between cities, and comfortable, on-time performance to passengers.
 "That means an operator can use the same 757 to fly shuttle service in the morning, then turn around and use the same plane on a transcontinental flight in the afternoon -- with unbeatable economics all day long," Miller added.
 That's just the way Delta uses some of its 757s. Take Delta Flight 977, for example. In the morning it flies from Washington, D.C.'s National Airport to Delta's hub in Atlanta, then picks up passengers for a mid-day flight from Atlanta to San Francisco. "Those two market segments are very important to us. The fact that we can serve both with one aircraft streamlines our operations tremendously," said Delta's R. Michael Bell, director - planning.
 In addition, Delta serves some of the most noise-sensitive airports in the world with 757s. The quiet twinjets fly in and out of Southern California's John Wayne Airport without frequency restrictions, and even operate at Boston's Logan International Airport at night, when noise regulations are even more stringent.
 Operating the 757 with the 767 in the same fleet provides further opportunities to maximize operating efficiencies. The two aircraft were developed concurrently and first delivered within four months of each other in late 1982. Both share the same technological advancements in propulsion, aerodynamics and materials. The flight decks of the two planes are nearly identical so that flight crews trained in one plane can fly the other with minimal additional training.
 That commonality reduces training and spares requirements, offering airlines tremendous flexibility as they focus on matching capabilities of different aircraft with the demands of present or potential routes. In addition, since both airplanes have been approved for 180-minute extended-twin operations (ETOPS), airlines have the option to equip them for longer overwater routes.
 That kind of versatility, along with low operating costs and outstanding reliability, have made the 757/767 family a frequent choice for an increasing number of airlines. Thirty-nine customers in 18 countries have placed 789 orders for 757s; and 49 customers in 31 countries have placed orders for 606 767s. Fifty-nine of those 767 orders belong to Delta.
 With 500 deliveries of the 757 completed, Boeing continues to look at ways to make the airplane meet an even wider array of customer needs. One new feature under study is a flexible airplane interior where seats, galleys and lavatories could be rearranged quickly. Flexible interiors could help carriers gain a competitive advantage by better matching passenger demands on different routes.
 "Our goal," said Boeing's Woodard, "is to design and build products with features that provide real value to our customers. If we can focus and follow through on that, it won't be too long until we're celebrating our 1,000th 757 delivery."
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Johnson of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group,

 (BA DAL) CO: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group; Delta Air Lines ST: Washington IN: AIR SU:

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