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DELIVERY CEREMONY MARKS COMPLETION OF 100TH MD-11

 LONG BEACH, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The 100th McDonnell Douglas MD-11 to come off the assembly line was delivered to China Airlines today in a ceremony at the Douglas Aircraft Co. here.
 The aircraft was scheduled to depart immediately for the carrier's base in Taipei, Taiwan, where it will join two other MD-11s in the China Airlines fleet.
 The new airplane sparkled in China Airlines' white, blue and red color scheme as it provided the backdrop for the handover ceremony. The event on the Douglas flight ramp at Long Beach Municipal Airport had an audience of several hundred MD-11 program employees, supplier representatives, airline customers and government officials.
 The China Airlines MD-11 is an advanced technology, 289-passenger, three-engine luxury jet with non-stop range of 7,980 statute miles (12,768 km), designed to serve long routes with moderate traffic like many of those in the China Airlines network.
 In Long Beach to accept the MD-11 were Huang Huei-ho, deputy director general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration for Taiwan, and Yuan Hsing-yuan, president of China Airlines.
 Robert H. Hood, president of Douglas, presented the milestone aircraft to them, noting that he acted on behalf of the entire team of McDonnell Douglas, subcontractor and supplier people who designed and built the 100 MD-11s.
 John Van Gels, Douglas vice president-general manager of Production Programs, gave the key to the new trijet to Capt. Chien Chu, the airline's chief pilot, who completed technical acceptance tests on the aircraft and will be in command of the delivery flight.
 Also in Long Beach for the ceremony were Bob Keady, vice president- Pacific & Asia for Pratt & Whitney, maker of the MD-11's PW4000 engines, and Huang Cheng, deputy director general of Taiwan's Coordination Council of North American Affairs, based in Los Angeles.
 Delivery of the 100th MD-11 comes only 31 months after the first of the advanced long-range trijets was delivered in November 1990.
 In handing over the 100th aircraft, Hood remarked that today's MD-11s incorporate enhancements beyond those of the first aircraft, including weight reductions of more than 3,300 pounds (1,496 kg), aerodynamic and engine improvements that reduce fuel consumption and improve range by more than 6 percent.
 To date, 15 airlines around the world have started MD-11 operations and the aircraft have established a record of reliable, cost-effective service to airlines and their passengers.
 MD-11s are operating in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and across the Pacific Ocean. At the end of May, the fleet had carried well over 10 million passengers and flown more than 200 million miles (320 million km) in more than 400,000 flight hours.
 There are 225 scheduled MD-11 flights a day listed in the Official Airline Guide, serving 80 cities in 44 countries.
 From the beginning of commercial operations, the MD-11s have built a steadily improving record of dependability. The fleet dispatch reliability average over the past 12 weeks exceeds 97 percent. Dispatch reliability measures aircraft technical delays over 15 minutes; a 97-plus percent rating means fewer than three departures out of every 100 are late because of mechanical causes.
 For China Airlines, the 12-week dispatch reliability average is over 99.4 percent.
 McDonnell Douglas holds firm orders and other commitments for 186 additional MD-11s, from a total of 27 customers. China Airlines has one more aircraft on order, now in the Long Beach assembly line.
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 /CONTACT: Don Hanson of Douglas Aircraft, 310-593-4710/


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