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BOEING UNVEILS FIRST 777 FORWARD SECTION, ENGINE STRUT

 WICHITA, Kan., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Wichita Division, today unveiled the first complete set of forward section assemblies and engine strut of the new 777 airliner.
 The unveiling, part of the ceremonial first production unit "rollout," was attended by an estimated 5,000 persons, including airline representatives, government officials, news media and Boeing employees. "Both inside and outside the company, we've formed teams and partnerships with each other, our customers and suppliers, and our community," said Dan Heidt, vice president-general manager Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Wichita Division. "None of this would have been possible without us working together," he said.
 In praising the division's performance, Heidt credited Wichita's design/build teams, which are comprised of members from all facets of aircraft production, for their pre-production collaboration on designing and manufacturing processes. "Teamwork and working together is the essence of our success, and the foundation for our future," he said.
 The initial 777, with a range of 4,660 miles, has a passenger capacity ranging from 305-328 in three-class service; 375-400 in two class service; and 418-440 in all-economy configuration, depending on customer's preference. The 777 will have about 132,500 engineered, unique parts, including rivets, bolts and other fasteners. The complete airplane will have three million plus parts. In addition to the 777 forward section, Boeing Wichita has design and manufacturing responsibilities for the airplane's engine struts and nacelles, and the seat tracks.
 The forward section will be shipped by rail June 7 in two separate containers and arrive June 18 in Everett, Wash., where final assembly and delivery will take place. Engine struts will be transported by truck to the Boeing Propulsion Systems Division in Seattle. A third rail car will carry the 777 engine nacelles to Propulsion Systems Division later this summer. Since the airplane was launched in October 1990, 12 airlines have ordered 123 Boeing 777s and placed options for an additional 94. First flight of the new type is scheduled for June 1994, with certification set for April 1995. On first delivery to United Airlines in May 1995, the 777 will be the world's largest twinjet in passenger service.
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 /CONTACT: Fred Solis of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Wichita Division, 316-526-3153/
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