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DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT DIVISION PRESIDENT ROBERT H. WOOD FORECASTS 2 MILLIONTH PASSENGER TO FLY IN A McDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-11 THIS WEEK

 DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT DIVISION PRESIDENT ROBERT H. WOOD FORECASTS


2 MILLIONTH PASSENGER TO FLY IN A McDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-11 THIS WEEK
 SINGAPORE, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sometime this week the 2 millionth passenger to fly in a McDonnell Douglas MD-11 trijet will board one of the 35 aircraft now in airline service.
 That forecast was made today by Robert H. Hood, president of the Douglas Aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas, at the Asian Aerospace exposition here as he reported on the first 14 months of service with the advanced long-range airliner.
 Hood's briefing for journalists covering the air show took place in the cabin of a Swissair MD-11 on display during the exposition.
 The first MD-11 was delivered to Finnair in December 1990, and the fleet has grown rapidly since, Hood said. At the end of January, 33 aircraft were in revenue service with 12 operators. Two more aircraft and one more airline have joined the fleet this month. VASP Brazilian Airlines is the newest operator. Another MD-11 is being refurbished after being used in flight test.
 Swissair, with 10 aircraft, has the largest fleet, Hood said.
 "MD-11s are operating around the world," Hood remarked. "We have four carriers in Europe, three in the United States, two in South America and four here in the Pacific/Asia area."
 Noting that "the business of getting a new model aircraft into service is always challenging," Hood said. "We had some disruptive teething problems in the beginning as new airplanes always do ... looking back, I think we were able to move pretty quickly with finding the solutions."
 Steps are being taken to improve MD-11 fuel performance, and by the end of next year the MD-11 will meet or exceed the planned goals on payload and range, Hood said.
 Other introductory issues involved computer software items that could cause nuisances in the cockpit or in maintenance, or were matters requiring clarification of technical documents, Hood said. The necessary software or documentation changes have since been made.
 The results show, Hood said, in MD-11 dispatch reliability, measured in terms of the percentage of delays longer than 15 minutes for mechanical causes. The on-time departure average passed 95 percent in less than a year of operation and is continuing to improve.
 Through Feb. 9, MD-11 operators had compiled a record of 69,783 revenue hours in 13,890 flights. At the end of January, more than 1,758,000 passengers had been carried and the total was growing by more than 250,000 per month -- leading to the expectation that the unidentified 2 millionth passenger would board one of the aircraft, at some unknown airport, one day this week.
 "The MD-11s have generated 5 billion passenger miles of service for our customers," Hood said. "That goes up by nearly 200 million passenger miles a week, and it will keep accelerating."
 Douglas plans to deliver 40 MD-11s this year, more than doubling the worldwide fleet.
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 /CONTACT: Don Hanson of Douglas Aircraft Co., 310-593-4710/ CO: McDonnell Aircraft Co. ST: California IN: AIR SU:


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