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BOEING ROLLS OUT THE 500TH 767 JETLINER

 EVERETT, Wash., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees at the Boeing Everett assembly facility will celebrate the rollout of the 500th 767 widebody jetliner today, the company said.
 Line No. 500 is a 767-300 version of the popular twinjet. The airplane is scheduled for delivery to American Airlines on June 22.
 United Airlines launched the 767 program in July 1978 when it placed orders for the initial 767-200s. After 38 months of development and assembly, employees gathered Sept. 26, 1981, to watch the first 767 take to the air. It was delivered to United in August 1982.
 Since then, airlines operating the 767 have carried an estimated 515 million passengers. All told, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group has sold five major versions of the airplane -- 655 jetliners to 49 customers.
 "During its decade of service, the 767 has pioneered a new level of operating economics, flexibility for airline customers, extended-range twin engine operations and a dispatch reliability among the highest of wide-body jetliners," said Ron Riedasch, director of Operations for the Boeing Everett Division.
 The 767-200 carries 181 passengers in a three-class configuration; the 767-300 carries 218 passengers in three classes. Boeing also builds an all-cargo version of the twinjet, launched earlier this year with an order for up to 60 airplanes by United Parcel Service.
 The 767 holds a common type rating with its sister airplane, the standard-body 757 twinjet. This means that pilots trained to fly one may fly the other without additional certification. The airplanes also share many parts in common.
 "It's amazing how much groundwork the 767 laid for the new ways Boeing is doing business," said Neil Standal, vice president and assistant general manager of the Boeing 777 Division. Standal was director of Program Management in 1978 when Boeing began development of the 767.
 "For instance, the nose section of the 767 was designed on computers," he said. "This was a proving ground for today's 777 design approach, which is 100-percent digital.
 Riedasch added that the 767's extended-range performance "has been phenomenal." To date, 767 operators have flown more than 312,000 extended-range flights during the eight years since extended- range capability was granted to the airplane. "Every month extended- range 767s make more than 9,000 long-distance flights," Riedasch said.
 Approximately 8,000 Boeing employees are involved in the design, assembly, flight testing and delivery support for the 767. Most of them work in Everett.
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