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DC-10s REACH 20 MILLION HOURS MILESTONE

    LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- One day very soon, probably this weekend, the McDonnell Douglas fleet of DC-10 jetliners will reach a major service milestone -- 20 million hours of revenue flight.
    A monthly operations report prepared by the Douglas Aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas here shows a total of 19,976,960 revenue hours at the end of July.  A revenue hour is one hour in flight with a payload of passengers or cargo.  Non-revenue operations such as training flights are excluded.
    With some 360 DC-10s in commercial operations around the world, the revenue service total grows by well over 3,000 hours a day.  The fleet averages about 8.5 flight hours daily per aircraft.
    Arithmetic suggests the DC-10 should reach the 20 million hours mark on Aug. 7 or Aug. 8.  It will be a timely record; the first DC-10 revenue flights were on Aug. 5, 1971, with a Los Angeles-Chicago round trip by an American Airlines trijet.
    The operations summary shows that in 22 years, the DC-10s have flown 9.4 billion miles and carried nearly 950 million passengers.
    For comparison, the McDonnell Douglas DC-8 fleet has compiled just under 27 million revenue flight hours in 34 years of operation.
    -0-             08/05/93
    CONTACT:  Don Hanson of Douglas Aircraft Co., 310-593-4710 CO:  DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT CO. IN:  ARO ST:  CA


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