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BOEING 737s CERTIFIED FOR USE IN THE CIS

 SEATTLE, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move that will help The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as they continue their efforts to establish closer ties, the CIS Interstate Aviation Committee announced today that it has certified the popular Boeing 737 jetliner family for ownership and operation by airlines under its jurisdiction, according to the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.
 V.V. Sushko, chairman of the Committee's Aviation Register, presented the official certification documents to representatives from Boeing and engine suppliers Pratt & Whitney and CFMI, a company owned jointly by General Electric and SNECMA of France, during a ceremony at Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's Renton Division.
 "This certification means that the 737 family satisfies the standards of manufacturing, performance and safety established by the CIS," said Ron Woodard, vice president and general manager of the Renton Division, where the 737 is assembled. "Now we can work directly with local aviation authorities and airlines in the CIS to ensure safe 737 operations as they plan for the future," he added.
 Boeing airplanes have been used for years to serve certain cities in the former Soviet Union, but only by airlines with airplanes registered in other countries, and only on international routes. This new certification, known technically as type certification, acknowledges that the fundamental design of the 737 airframe and engines is acceptable to CIS authorities for commercial operations, clearing the way for domestic airlines to own and operate 737s.
 Also attending the ceremony today were Eugene Smirnov, Russian consul in Seattle, and Washington Lieutenant Governor Joel Pritchard.
 "This certificate caps three months of hard work on the part of many people from Boeing, the engine manufacturers and regulatory agencies from both countries," Woodard noted. As part of the certification process, engineers from all three of these groups worked together to review airplane design criteria and philosophy, conduct simulator tests and fly airplanes with Boeing pilots. "Now that we've established a working relationship and understand each other's design philosophies, we hope we've laid the groundwork for type certification of other Boeing airplanes," Woodard added.
 "The certification of American products for use in the CIS environment was not an easy task," explained Sushko. "There are certain differences in the aircraft operation systems of our two countries related to more severe flight conditions in a number of Russian regions," he added.
 All models of the 737 are covered by the type certificate, including 737-200s equipped with Pratt and Whitney JT8D engines, and the current production models, the 737-300, -400 and -500, powered by CFMI's CFM56-3B and -3C engines.
 With 3,067 orders from 159 customers in countries around the world, the 737 family is the most popular jetliner in the history of commercial aviation.
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