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BOEING 767: AFRICA'S LONG-RANGE CHOICE

 BOEING 767: AFRICA'S LONG-RANGE CHOICE
 SEATTLE, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Throughout the world, the twin-


engined Boeing 767 is reshaping commercial aviation, becoming the dominant aircraft connecting continents, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group said today. In Africa, the 767 continues to build a customer base that recognizes the unmatched range capability and superior operating economics of the long-range jetliner.
 The sustained high demand for the 767 is evidence of a major trend in intercontinental air transportation. The 767 has made it possible for airlines to offer frequent, direct, non-stop services between smaller population centers -- service that would not be economically feasible with larger-capacity airplanes.
 Seven airlines in Africa now operate the 767. They are: Air Algerie, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Seychelles, Linhas Aereas de Mocambique, Air Mauritius, Air Zimbabwe and Egyptair.
 Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to choose the 767 for its fleet, ordering two airplanes in December 1982. Operating from Addis Ababa, Ethiopian needed airplanes capable of serving high, hot airports that posed some of the most demanding operating conditions in the world. The ability of the 767-200ER to perform in these conditions, combined with its operating efficiencies, were important factors in Ethiopian's decision.
 Egyptair is the largest African 767 operator with a fleet of five airplanes -- three 767-200ERs and two 767-300ERs. It is the first African airline to operate both Boeing 767 models, using the airplanes on Cairo-Europe routes as well as on service to East and West Africa.
 The latest African airline to take delivery of the 767, Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (LAM), ordered two 767-200ERs, the first of which was delivered in January 1992. That airplane is being used on routes from Mozambique to Europe. The second 767 for LAM will be delivered in 1993.
 According to airline analysts, the reason African airlines have adopted medium-capacity, long-range airplanes such as the Boeing 767 for so many routes is clear. Research has repeatedly shown that one of the most important factors in a passenger's choice of an airline is the convenience of the schedule.
 If only one airline offers a non-stop flight to a passenger's destination on a preferred travel day, that airline will most likely obtain the business. In an industry as competitive as the airline industry, such an advantage is all-important.
 Medium-capacity, long-range airplanes such as the 767 enable airlines to offer passengers more frequent, direct service. Where the market does not require a large capacity 747 full of passengers once every two or three days, airlines can offer daily service to a smaller number of passengers.
 For Africa, the 767 offers airline operators attractive bottom- line economics, operating flexibility, superior technology and performance, and unsurpassed fuel efficiency per seat in its category. Along with its extended range versatility, the 767 is fast becoming the preferred long-range airplane for Africa.
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