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BOEING 737 SETS STANDARD IN AFRICA

 BOEING 737 SETS STANDARD IN AFRICA
 SEATTLE, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- In its first 24 years of service,


the Boeing 737 has evolved to keep pace with the changing needs of the world's airlines, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group said today. And though that's an extremely important reason for the airplane's success, what sets the airplane apart is the fact that the 737 may be the most reliable airplane ever to operate in commercial service.
 The 737 has been in service in Africa since the late 1960s, and more 737s are operated there than any other commercial jet -- 25 African airlines operate in excess of 100 737s.
 Since the 737 was introduced in early 1968, 2,948 have been ordered by 155 customers.
 In Africa, Boeing airplanes have historically held a strong presence. In fact, more than 60 percent of all the commercial airplanes flown by African carriers are from Boeing.
 Today, the new-generation 737 family, which includes the 737-300, -400 and -500 -- all introduced by Boeing within the last nine years -- offer African airlines the ideal combination of low cost, high reliability and the capacity to serve a variety of markets. The twinjet can operate under difficult conditions posed by Africa's high, hot airports as well as from short runways. To date, African customers of the new-generation 737s include Air Malawi, Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (LAM), Egyptair, Royal Air Maroc and Tunisair.
 The 737's flexibility and operational effectiveness contribute greatly to its reliability. By the end of 1991, the dispatch reliability of the worldwide fleet of new-generation Boeing 737 airplanes stood at 99.15 percent. Airlines use the dispatch reliability rate to measure the mechanical reliability of their planes. The rate measures delays caused by mechanical or system problems with airplanes, not air traffic control or weather problems. The percentage means that less than one percent of the 737 flights scheduled were delayed by more than 15 minutes because of mechanical or systems problems.
 "The 737 has established itself as the best-selling jetliner in commercial aviation," said Ron Woodard, vice president and general manager of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's Renton Division where the 737 is made. "A good portion of the 737's success is due to the reliability of the airplane. Reliability out in the field begins with quality work in the factory. Everybody at Boeing is proud of the 737's record, but our goal is 100 percent dispatch reliability."
 The African market outlook for new-generation 737's continues to be positive, and for good reason. The advanced technology, new- generation 737 twinjets are designed to be among the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft in the world. All three offer advanced structural materials, new corrosion inhibiting techniques, advanced digital avionics technology, improved aerodynamics and high-bypass engines.
 Lightweight materials developed for Boeing's larger new-generation aircraft have been incorporated in all three new models of the 737, including advanced composites for flight control surfaces, aerodynamic fairings, engine cowlings and landing gear doors. Fabricated from fibers of carbon or Kevlar embedded in resin, these components save weight to help reduce fuel consumption. A further weight saving comes from new aluminum alloys in the wing skins, similar to applications in the 757 and 767.
 For passenger comfort, Boeing has given the 737-300, -400 and -500 the same interior as that developed for the 757, an interior that maximizes comfort and efficiency. Attractive sidewall panels, contoured to make optimum use of the fuselage cross section, afford additional space at the head and elbow for window seat passengers.
 The new technology extends to the flight deck, too. Like their larger cousins -- the 757 and 767 -- the new-generation 737s feature a fully integrated flight management system (FMS). Linking digital processors controlling navigation, guidance and engine thrust, the FMS assures that the aircraft flies the most efficient route and flight profile for reduced fuel consumption, flight time and crew workload.
 In 1993, Boeing will introduce a new flight management computer (FMC) for 737s that will reduce operating costs and help airlines adapt to changes in the air traffic control environment.
 In response to airline requests and anticipated regulatory requirements, the cornerstone of the FMC upgrade project is the provision for installation of a second, redundant computer. This dual FMC configuration will allow the flight computer system on the 737 to be certified as a sole means of onboard navigation.
 "The 737 FMC upgrade program is a good example of how we are listening to our customers and incorporating technical advances that reduce airline operating costs and enhance their adaptability to changing markets," said Woodard.
 The constantly evolving definition of the 737 has greatly contributed to its longevity. Airline customers are offered an airplane that incorporates technical and operating upgrades that make good sense. Technology that doesn't suit customer needs are rejected.
 With improvements that make the 737 one of the most technically sophisticated airplanes flying, and with a stellar dispatch reliability rate that is due in part to the airplane's technical excellence, the 737 continues to be the most popular commercial airplane in Africa and the most popular commercial airplane in aviation history.
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