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DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT CO. ISSUES STATEMENT ON FINNAIR FLEET DISCUSSIONS

 LONG BEACH, Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Reports that Finnair, the national airline of Finland, is considering replacement of its fleet of McDonnell Douglas jetliners are extremely premature, Douglas Aircraft Co. said today.
 Douglas executives are in Helsinki, Finland, for high level discussions with Finnair officials, including President Antti Potila. They are continuing discussions held over several months to develop a new fleet plan that will relieve the airline's near-term problems of overcapacity and at the same time allow the carrier to avoid the extreme costs involved in re-equipping with unfamiliar aircraft.
 Finnair currently operates 17 McDonnell Douglas DC-9s, 17 MD-80s, five DC-10s and three MD-11s, along with two Airbus models.
 The company's response follows the airline's announcement Tuesday of a letter of interest to discuss possible eventual replacement of those aircraft with other types.
 The Finnair announcement says clearly that the letter of interest signed with Boeing and International Lease Finance Corp. is not yet binding and is simply the basis for further discussions that will take up to three months before decisions are reached.
 Finnair has expressed no dissatisfaction with any of its McDonnell Douglas aircraft. The present fleet studies are only related to the airline's need for evaluating capacity requirements as a result of the overall economic situation affecting its business.
 Finnair has been a highly satisfied customer of Douglas aircraft since the days of the DC-3, Douglas pointed out. The company is stepping forward with attractive alternative solutions to meet Finnair's requirements in the present industry recession -- without taking on the high costs of retraining flight crews and maintenance and administrative personnel, and of restocking spare parts that would be involved in introducing new types of aircraft.
 Details of the Douglas proposals will not be made available at this time.
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 /CONTACT: Don Hanson of Douglas Aircraft, 310-593-4710/


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