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AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS RECEIVES FIRST MD-83

 AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS RECEIVES FIRST MD-83
 LONG BEACH, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerolineas Argentinas,


the private flag carrier of Argentina, today received its first McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) MD-80 series twin jet during a delivery ceremony at the Douglas Aircraft Co. plant here.
 Company employees and officials from the Argentine government, Aerolineas, Douglas and Pratt & Whitney gathered on the flight ramp in front of the MD-83 to celebrate the event.
 Accepting the new aircraft on behalf of Aerolineas was Abdo Menehem, a member of the airline's board of directors.
 Aerolineas also ordered six MD-88 twin engine jetliners, along with spare parts and other provisions for fleet start-up. The agreement represents a total investment of more than $240 million by the airline. This purchase makes Aerolineas the second largest operator of MD-80 aircraft in South America.
 The MD-88s are scheduled for delivery between August 1992 and July 1993.
 Representing Douglas at the ceremony was David Hinson, executive vice president-commercial marketing and business development. "Today begins a new phase in our friendship, which we expect will grow and continue for many generations and many aircraft," he said.
 Aerolineas has flown Douglas products since 1949. Its DC-3s handled short, domestic routes while DC-4s and DC-6s operated longer distances, serving as the airline's workhorse to increase both the the number of miles traveled and passengers carried.
 "It is now fitting that our current generation workhorse, the MD-80, will be flying the colors of Argentina," Hinson said.
 Aerolineas is modernizing its fleet and upgrading service, and it will use the new jetliners on domestic routes within Argentina and to cities in other South America countries. Training of pilots, flight attendants and maintenance crews for the MD-80s has been under way for several months.
 The MD-83 purchased by Aerolineas represents a new Douglas booking for 1992 and was delivered from inventory. The airline will be ready to begin service with the new twin jet in May.
 McDonnell Douglas twin jets will seat 155 passengers in a two-class arrangement, and can carry up to 172 people in a one-class layout.
 The MD-80 family incorporates advanced technology including an electronic flight instrument system with cathode ray tube displays. Both the MD-83 and MD-88 are 147.9 feet (45.08 m) long, with a wing span of 107 feet (32.86 m). The Aerolineas aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 engines.
 Aerolineas joins a world-wide network of 57 MD-80 operators. There are more than 3,500 MD-80 flights a day, as the fleet serves over 350 airports.
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 /CONTACT: Warren Lamb of Douglas Aircraft Company, 310-593-3269/
 (MD) CO: McDonnell Douglas; Aerolineas Argentinas ST: California IN: ARO SU:


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