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DELTA AIR LINES PAINTS AIRCRAFT FOR UNITED

 ATLANTA, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is painting seven of United Airlines' Boeing 747s at Delta's award- winning stripping and painting facility here. The contract calls for Delta to paint the B-747s in the new United livery which features a four- color paint scheme: gray, red and two shades of blue. The contract also contains an option for Delta to paint another 15 United B-747s and B-767s between January and June, 1995.
 The first United aircraft, a B-747-100, arrived at Delta's stripping and painting facility in September, and today, after being stripped, sanded, primed and painted by Delta's skilled professionals, it is back in the air sporting the new United colors. Delta is currently painting the second United aircraft, a B-747-400, and expects to complete the remaining five B-747s by December.
 Since opening in 1991, hundreds of aircraft have been painted at Delta's stripping and painting facility, including those operated by Delta, United, Turkmenistan, American Trans Air, VASP, China Xinhua, and Philippine Airlines. In addition, Delta has painted several large, private aircraft. Delta's stripping and painting facility can accommodate all sizes of commercial aircraft with minimum downtime.
 "We are delighted United selected Delta to paint its B-747s," said Delta Senior Vice President-Technical Operations, Russell H. Heil. "Delta's state-of-the-art facility and our reputation for high-quality work have enabled us to insource work from numerous customers, including United. Insourcing saves jobs and provides a steady flow of incremental revenue for Delta's balance sheet."
 Delta's stripping and painting facility has three separate bays which have independent, adjustable ventilation systems. This makes it possible to perform stripping operations in one bay and painting operations in the next bay. Specially designed stacker cranes mounted on tracks in the ceilings of each of the three bays provide total access to all aircraft surfaces. The stripping and painting bays are interconnected with support shops, including Delta's Technical Graphics and Support Shop, where aircraft markings, placards and signs are manufactured.
 Delta's stripping and painting facility, designed by Rosser Fabrap International, received the prestigious "Grand Award" for the state of Georgia in the 1992 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition.
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 /CONTACT: Delta Air Lines Corporate Communications, 404-715-2590/
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