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BOEING 777 ON TARGET TO FLY IN ONE YEAR

 SEATTLE, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- One year from now, the first Boeing 777 will begin the most extensive flight test program ever undertaken on a commercial jetliner, designed to validate the company's customer commitments for safety, reliability and service-readiness for the new twinjet, the company said today.
 But before that maiden voyage in June 1994, the airplane must be built and tested.
 "With a year to go before first flight, the 777 is right on target," said Alan Mulally, vice president and general manager of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's 777 Division. "We are completing the final design, parts are being fabricated around the world, major assembly has begun, and integrated component and systems testing is under way.
 "Sales for the 777 are very encouraging and satisfying," Mulally continued. Twelve customers have announced orders for 123 aircraft, with options for 94 more. "Since this program was launched in October 1990, airlines have preferred the 777 with a 78-percent share of the market."
 Customers ordering during the last year include Continental Airlines, China Southern, International Lease Finance Corp. and Emirates. They join United, All Nippon Airways, Euralair, Thai Airways International, British Airways, Lauda Air, Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways.
 Recent "first" milestones on the 777 include:
 -- First major assembly of the wing spar and first wing panels completed in Everett
 -- First set of wing fixed leading edges completed in Philadelphia and shipped to Everett
 -- First 777 wing skins built in Auburn, Wash., for assembly in Everett
 -- First major components (floor beams) from a U.S. supplier built and delivered to Boeing
 -- First 777 engines tested at Pratt & Whitney and General Electric facilities in Connecticut and Ohio, respectively
 -- First 777 auxiliary power unit completed cold weather testing in Alaska, reaching temperatures of minus 51 degrees Fahrenheit
 -- First stand-alone component and integrated systems testing conducted in new Boeing Integrated Aircraft Systems Lab
 -- First major fuselage sections (body panels) built in Japan and shipped to Seattle
 -- First 777 nose section (section 41) designed and built at Wichita, Kan., facility
 -- First major assembly of all wing components under way
 "Production is right on schedule for the beginning of final assembly in December," said Mulally. "Airplane quality is exceeding our expectations. Working together with the airlines to incorporate their knowledge, use of design/build teams, and digital product definition and pre-assembly are producing parts that are easier to fabricate and assemble."
 Performance targets for the 777 also are meeting airline customer requirements. "Boeing is committed to delivering an aircraft that will perform as expected from day one," Mulally said. "We also intend to meet all weight, drag, noise, reliability and maintainability commitments."
 Four of the new twinjets will be dedicated to standard certification flight tests. To achieve extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) certification, three more 777s will fly 1,000 flight cycles on each airframe/engine combination to demonstrate reliability in simulated airline operating environments. In total, Boeing and its airline customers will conduct 6,800 hours of flight testing.
 Following certification, United will take delivery of the first 777 in May 1995.
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 /CONTACT: Donna Mikov of Boeing 777 Division, 206-294-6100/
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