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BOEING LAUNCHES 767 FREIGHTER PROGRAM

 EVERETT, Wash., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Commercial Airplane Group announced today it will launch the "newest ship in the shipping business" -- a cargo-carrying derivative of its popular 767-300 extended-range twinjet. Atlanta-based United Parcel Service announced an order for up to 60 of the new 767 Freighters today.
 The 767 Freighter will have a common type rating and high component commonality with the Boeing 757 Freighter; this will allow UPS to operate both airplanes with a large measure of operational commonality.
 "Commonality with the 757 Freighter is just one advantage we believe the 767 Freighter has over its competition," said Grace Robertson, director of 767 Derivatives for Boeing's Everett Division. "The 767 Freighter offers flexible payload and range capabilities for UPS's current and future needs and it has excellent operational economics that will support UPS's success."
 The 767 Freighter is designed to accept 10,080 cubic feet (285.3 cubic meters) in cargo containers on its main deck, plus 3,157 cubic feet (89.4 cubic meters) of cargo in lower holds.
 It features a large cargo door on the main deck of the forward fuselage, a single crew entry door and a freighter interior. The 767 Freighter will be capable of carrying 56 tons of maximum revenue payload 3,000 nautical miles, or 45 tons as far as 4,000 nautical miles. Its basic maximum takeoff weight capability is 408,000 pounds (185,300 kg). Boeing is studying another version capable of taking off at up to 425,000 pounds (192,500 kg).
 Detailed design engineering on the first 767 Freighter, which is based on the 767-300 extended-range airframe -- begins immediately. In the second quarter of 1994, the design will be complete, and production will begin in Everett. The first aircraft will roll out of production and enter flight testing in the second quarter of 1995, with certification and delivery scheduled in October 1995.
 "The announcement that UPS has selected the 767 Freighter is exciting news not only for Boeing, but also for our partners in building the airplane -- our suppliers," Robertson said. Two major suppliers Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan, will provide major portions of the fuselage.
 "In order to be more competitive, we have committed to implementing significant improvements in our processes for developing derivatives," Robertson said. "Winning this contract is the result of a mutual commitment to excellence by Boeing people and our suppliers."
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 /CONTACT: Brian Ames or Susan Davis of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-342-4771/
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