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BOEING: AIRLINES COULD NEED 400 TO 500 VERY LARGE COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT DURING FIRST DECADE OF NEXT CENTURY

 LE BOURGET, France, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Preliminary marketing studies indicate that the world's airlines could need between 400 and 500 Very Large Commercial Transport (VLCT) during the first decade of the next century, according to Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.
 That announcement was made at the Paris Air Show today by the directors of an international feasibility study being conducted by four European aerospace companies -- Aerospatiale of France, British Aerospace, CASA of Spain and Deutsche Aerospace of Germany -- and Boeing (NYSE: BA) of the United States. The year-long study began in January.
 If developed, the VLCT would carry approximately 600 passengers, making it the world's largest jetliner. The directors said a VLCT could have an initial range of around 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 kilometers), with the possibility of future derivatives that could carry more passengers or fly further.
 "The study is off to a faster start than we had anticipated," said Jurgen Thomas, European program director for the study. "Our initial discussions have been very encouraging. We agree on many points, and we both believe that the only way the VLCT will be produced is through an international partnership."
 "We're a long way from deciding whether to launch a big airplane," added John Hayhurst, Boeing's program director for the joint study. "But so far, all the signs are positive."
 The two directors said the technology now exists to develop a 600-seat airplane, adding that an airplane of that size could operate out of most of today's major international airports.
 "So far, we have found no technical obstacles that would preclude development of the VLCT," Thomas said.
 "If our initial estimates hold up, it appears that there could be a viable market for the VLCT" starting around the end of the decade, added Hayhurst.
 Boeing and the European companies have been meeting monthly since February to discuss technical issues, develop marketing forecasts and examine the feasibility of creating a consortium to produce the VLCT.
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 /CONTACTS: Christopher Villiers of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-342-4772; or Patrice Prevot in Paris, 33-1-42-24-24-24/
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