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BOEING TO OFFER FULL-SERVICE MODIFICATIONS

 BOEING TO OFFER FULL-SERVICE MODIFICATIONS
 WICHITA, Kan., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Commercial


Airplane Group, Wichita Division, today announced that its Modification Responsibility Center is now chartered for full-service aircraft modification and maintenance.
 "The past few years we've been limiting ourselves to special freighter modifications, but now we're opening up for full-service modifications," said Vic McMullen, Modification Responsibility Center manager.
 The term "modification" includes, but is not limited to, installation of kits and replacement parts, removal and/or rearrangement of aircraft cockpit, interior or other components and fabrication of incidental parts required for timely and efficient modification and maintenance tasks.
 Boeing Wichita's emphasis will continue to be on 747 and wide-body aircraft freighter modifications. Wichita also has the capability of performing heavy maintenance (including service bulletins) and reconfigurations on 747s, McMullen said.
 "Several potential customers have expressed a strong interest in the new modifications/maintenance program, and discussions with them are under way," McMullen said.
 Along with the expanding cargo market, which is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 6.5 percent through the year 2005, airworthiness directives issued by the Federal Aviation Administration in March 1990 require operators to perform a series of modifications on airplanes when the aircraft reach designated operational milestones.
 The modifications, developed by a Boeing-led industry task force, are designed to ensure the continuing safe operation of older Boeing 727, 737 and 747 jetliners. Currently, there are nearly 700 commercial 747s operating that are candidates for such maintenance over the next 15 to 20 years.
 An industry leader in aging fleet studies and testing, Boeing previously has performed similar kinds of work -- as recently as the early 1990s -- when it incorporated structural durability update service bulletins and repairs on 747s operated by Pan Am and other carriers.
 The work included performing Section 41 (nose section) frame service bulletins, as well as other major service bulletins on wings, struts, flaps and fuselage.
 Depending on specific requirements for each aircraft, Boeing Wichita can perform structural durability modification/maintenance on up to a dozen 747s per year.
 Boeing Wichita has extensive experience modifying commercial and military aircraft and is the principal modification center for The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA).
 In the 1970s, Boeing Wichita performed freighter modifications on 747-100 aircraft in which 24 special freighter conversions were completed. It also modified 747 upper decks and converted 19 747s from passenger to convertible passenger/cargo aircraft in the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program, which concluded in 1990.
 Boeing currently has a 747 conversion program in which 747 passenger, combi and CRAF airplanes are modified into full freighter aircraft.
 Boeing has modified more than 50 747 airplanes to freighters, 20 of them within the past five years.
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 /CONTACT: Fred Solis of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Wichita Division, 316-526-3153/
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