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FAIRCHILD AIRCRAFT ANNOUNCES SALE OF 14 METRO 23 AIRCRAFT TO MIDWAY CONNECTION

 SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Fairchild Aircraft has announced the sale of 14 new Metro 23 aircraft to Chicago-based Midway Connection. The carrier will place the first aircraft in service in early November, with additional deliveries through March 1995.
 Midway Connection is the result of a merger between Direct Air, a Gary, Indiana-based regional, and the Midway Connection Group, an investment organization formed by Northern Star Companies of East Lansing, Mich. The Midway Connection Group was founded to re-start most of the service offered by the original Midway Connection, a wholly-owned regional subsidiary of the old Midway Airlines, which ceased operating in November 1991. The new airline will relocate its operations to Chicago-Midway Airport, and operate under the Midway Connection name, commencing Nov. 1, 1993.
 "Midway Connection chose the Metro 23 because of its low direct operating cost and high reliability," said David Norgart, Fairchild Aircraft vice president, marketing and sales. "The Metro 23's high cruise speed enables airlines like Midway Connection to offer high frequency schedules and to increase their circumference of operation."
 According to Eugene Gauss, Midway Connection CEO., the Metro 23 was selected after an extensive evaluation of aircraft ranging from 19 to 37 seats. "We found that the Metro 23 was the most economical aircraft for the frequent, short-haul service we plan to operate," Gauss said. "In addition to the Metro 23's economics, Fairchild offered the best airline training and support program to help us transition from our present fleet of Beech 1900 and CATPASS 1300 aircraft into the Metro 23.
 Gauss reported that Midway Connection will serve 13 destinations by December and will add another 12 cities in six Midwestern states by the end of 1994.
 The new airline will operate as an independent regional, but intends to establish joint-fare agreements with most airlines now serving Chicago-Midway Airport. However, Gauss estimates that approximately 70 percent of Midway connection's traffic will be origin and destination.
 Based in San Antonio, Fairchild Aircraft is the leading manufacturer of 19-passenger regional/commuter airlines. The Metro 23 provides regional/commuter operators the combination of high performance, and the lowest acquisition and operating costs of any aircraft in its class. Fairchild also produces all-cargo and special mission aircraft. More than 950 Fairchild aircraft are in service with regional/commuter, cargo, corporate and government/military operators in 43 countries worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Morro of Fairchild Aircraft, 210-820-8651/


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