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ASIANA ORDER LAUNCHES 767-300 FULL-CAPABILITY FREIGHTER

 SEATTLE, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Asiana Airlines of Korea has ordered two 767-300 Freighters, becoming the launch customer for the new general market model, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group confirmed today.
 The initial Asiana freighter is scheduled to roll out of the factory in March 1996 and, following certification, will be delivered later that year. The second airplane is targeted for delivery in 1998.
 Ronald Woodard, executive vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, recently finalized the order in Seoul, Korea, with Asiana President and Chief Executive Officer Sam-Koo Park.
 The new full-capability Freighter is based on the 767-300 Extended-Range airframe and will be capable of carrying 60 U.S. tons (54.4 metric tonnes) of revenue cargo 3,200 nautical miles (5,930 km). The airplane's operating costs per available ton-mile are projected to be 20 percent lower than those of its closest competitors.
 The full-capability freighter differs from the 767 Freighter launched in January this year with an order from United Parcel Service. The full-capability 767F will be equipped with powered cargo handling equipment both on the main deck and in the lower holds. Environmental control system changes will make the airplane suitable for transporting live animals and perishable goods. The main-deck cargo system will offer the flexibility of accepting virtually all types of pallets and containers used in the air cargo industry.
 According to Asiana President Sam-Koo Park, "The availability of the 767 full-capability Freighter gives us the opportunity to shift part of a prior 767 passenger airplane order to meet the fast-growing air cargo needs of the airline. The 767-300F is ideally sized to feed our 747-400 Freighter network and concurrently capture the benefits of engine and airframe commonality with our passenger fleet."
 The fast-growing carrier will receive its first 747-400 Freighter in late 1994. It has three on order.
 Asiana's all-Boeing fleet totals 27 aircraft and includes 737-400/500, 767-300/300ER and 747-400 passenger/combi models. All are powered by General Electric or CFMI engines.
 Asiana's decision to change the model of these two 767s on order does not alter Boeing's total.
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 /CONTACT: Valarie Kusuda-Smick, 206-237-8967, or Mary Jean Olsen, 206-342-8537, both of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group/
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