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BOEING 757 GETS 180-MINUTE EXTENDED-RANGE APPROVAL

 BOEING 757 GETS 180-MINUTE EXTENDED-RANGE APPROVAL
 SEATTLE, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation


Administration (FAA) recently granted additional extended-range certification to Pratt & Whitney-powered Boeing 757s, allowing more airlines to use the highly efficient twinjet on long overwater flights or over undeveloped land areas, Boeing (NYSE: BA) said today.
 The new certification allows airlines with 757s powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW2000-series engines to apply for 180-minute extended-range ETOPS (extended twin operations) service.
 Airplanes without ETOPS approval are restricted to routes within 60 minutes flight time of an alternate airport on the power of one engine.
 Both the Pratt & Whitney- and Rolls-Royce-powered 757s had earlier been approved for 120-minute ETOPS and, in July 1990, the FAA had granted 180-minute ETOPS approval for the 757 with Rolls-Royce engines, the other engine available with the twinjet.
 ETOPS approval allows operators to create new routes while saving fuel and cutting flight times.
 "This latest extension of ETOPS capability for the 757 is the result of our listening to our customers," said Ron Woodard, vice president and general manager of the Renton Division, where the 757 is assembled. "They love this aircraft for its versatility, and they asked for 180-minute ETOPS to increase its versatility even further. So we're delighted now to be able to offer this capability to all 757 operators."
 FAA requirements for extended range operation include establishing that the propulsion system has high reliability, based on world fleet experience with the engine and airplane series combination. In addition, certain aircraft systems are required to have greater capability or additional redundancy, such as improved electrical power, fire suppression and avionics cooling systems.
 ETOPS approval has allowed airlines to take advantage of the efficiency of twin-engine operations on many routes such as the North Atlantic, which, because of the initial 60-minute rule, could only be flown by three- and four-engine airplanes.
 To date, 785 Boeing 757s have been ordered by 39 customers worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Smith of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-237-0600/
 (BA) CO: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group; Federal Aviation Administration ST: Washington IN: AIR SU:


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