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ALITALIA TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST McDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-11

 ALITALIA TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST McDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-11
 LONG BEACH, Calif., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Alitalia, the national airline of Italy, today took delivery of its first McDonnell Douglas MD-11 at ceremonies at the Douglas Aircraft Co. plant here.
 The aircraft, the first of six MD-11s ordered by Alitalia, will go into service on routes between Rome/Milan and points in North America, South America and South East Asia.
 A matched pair of the big three-engine jetliners stood nose to nose as the backdrop for the brief delivery ceremony on the Douglas flight ramp. The delivery aircraft was scheduled to leave non-stop for Rome immediately after the ceremony. The second MD-11 will be formally delivered in December. Three more are in final stages of preparation for delivery next year.
 The ceremony marks the 29th MD-11 to be turned over to customers since the first delivery last November. Alitalia will be the 10th airline to put the MD-11 into service around the world.
 Attending the event were several hundred invitees, including employees of Alitalia and Douglas, government representatives and a large contingent of journalists from Italy and several other European countries. Alitalia Captain Roberto Goldoni accepted the aircraft on behalf of the airline.
 Robert Hood, president of Douglas Aircraft, said that McDonnell Douglas has a long and successful relationship with Alitalia. "A partnership like ours," he said, "doesn't happen overnight. It requires quality, dependability, technology and attention to detail. Without these key ingredients, we would not be standing here today."
 Giovanni Bisiganni, chief executive officer of Alitalia, said, "Alitalia, as the delivery today of the first MD-11 shows, is confirming its will to expand and maintain employment levels. With the arrival in its fleet of the MD-11 aircraft, today Alitalia begins its race toward the millennium."
 Alitalia, founded in 1946, has a long history with McDonnell Douglas transport aircraft. The airline has flown the DC-3, DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, and MD-80. Alitalia and its subsidiary, Aero Trasporti Italiani, operate the largest fleet of MD-82s of any airline outside the United States. They currently have 56 in service and expect to have 95 by the end of 1996.
 In 1986, Alitalia was a launch customer for the MD-11. Their aircraft will be operated initially in passenger configuration only, but they are the first MD-11 "combi" versions -- combination passenger/freighter models designed with a large cargo door to allow loading freight in the aft section of the main cabin while passengers are carried in the forward section.
 The Alitalia MD-11, with its 201 foot, 4 inch overall length and 169 foot, 10 inch wingspan, will seat 260 passengers in a three-class configuration. It is powered by General Electric CF6-80C2 engines. The aircraft will have a range of approximately 7,600 statute miles.
 The aircraft will feature six special crew rest seats plus two crew rest bunks, which provide comfortable accomodations for crew members for long flights. In addition, passengers will be treated to an interior created by famed Italian designer, Giorgio Armani.
 Alitalia's first MD-11 will also feature a large center cargo door to allow loading of pallets in either the center or forward below-deck cargo compartments. The larger door provides for greater flexibility in carrying cargo.
 In addition to all-passenger and combi versions, the MD-11 also is available in a freighter version and a convertible freighter version. The convertible freighter allows operators to quickly and easily change the aircraft's main deck cabin configuration from passenger service to cargo service.
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