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BOEING DELIVERS AMERICAN AIRLINES' 50TH 757

 BOEING DELIVERS AMERICAN AIRLINES' 50TH 757
 SEATTLE, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing delivered American


Airlines' 50th Boeing 757 today, marking milestones for The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) and American Airlines, Boeing said.
 For Boeing, the delivery underscored the growing popularity of the twinjet 757 as a versatile, fuel-efficient aircraft for the 1990s and beyond. Introduced in 1982, more than 400 Boeing 757s currently are in service with airlines around the world. Boeing has another 352 757s on order. To meet market demand, the company's Renton Division this month raised its 757 production rate from 7 aircraft per month to 8.5 per month.
 For American Airlines, the delivery demonstrates the power of employee ideas. The airline used savings and revenue generated by employee suggestions submitted in 1991 to purchase the airplane. "Since ideas are intangible, we wanted a way to demonstrate their importance to our employees and shareholders," said Robert L. Crandall, chairman and president of American Airlines. "Thus, we used the year's savings to buy a brand new 757."
 To reward the airline's top suggesters for their ideas, American invited nearly 200 employees to Seattle to accept delivery of the aircraft. The employees are returning from Seattle to American's headquarters in Dallas/Fort Worth on the airplane's "Maiden Voyage" flight. The new 757, fitted with a special plaque explaining that it was purchased with savings from the suggestion system, will bear the name "Pride of American." It is the only named plane in American's fleet.
 "We think it's wonderful that American Airlines chose the Boeing 757 to represent their successful ideas during 1991," said Ron Woodard, Renton Division general manager. "The 757 has become a favorite of both airlines and their passengers, and this 50th delivery to American is a strong vote of confidence by a key customer."
 American Airlines is one of only two airlines worldwide to have taken delivery of 50 Boeing 757s. Their primary use of the 757 is on domestic flights, but the airline operates 757s on some routes to Central and South America. The 757's versatility allows American to operate it on routes as short as Chicago to Detroit (235 statute miles/378 kilometers) or routes as long as Miami to La Paz, Bolivia (3,019 statute miles/4,858 kilometers). The airline will take delivery of an additional 41 Boeing 757s over the next two years, bringing its order total to 91 757s.
 To date, 764 Boeing 757s have been ordered by 37 customers worldwide.
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