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FEDERAL EXPRESS ANNOUNCES B-727 STAGE 3 NOISE REDUCTION KIT ORDERS; GAINS STAGE 3 KIT CERTIFICATION FOR JT8D-17 POWERED 727-200 AIRCRAFT

 MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal Express Corporation (NYSE: FDS) announced today that it recently received firm orders from four companies for 14 Federal Express Stage 3 noise reduction kits, and also recently received F.A.A. certification of its new Heavyweight Stage 3 Kits for additional Boeing 727-200 aircraft configurations.
 Express One International, Inc. of Dallas, has placed orders for eight Stage 3 Kits, including two Heavyweight Stage 3 Kits to support its JT8D-17 powered 727-200s. Six of the kits will be delivered during 1993. Emery Worldwide Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of consolidated Freightways, Inc., has also ordered three kits for 1993 delivery.
 Federal Express also received an order from U.S. Leasing in May for two heavyweight Stage 3 kits for installation on aircraft which Federal Express will lease, and one Stage 3 Kit order from Trijet Limited, a contract charter operator. These orders bring total firm orders for the Federal Express Stage 3 kit to 106, of which 85 have now been delivered, including 44 to Federal Express. The orders were placed through Federal Express Aviation Services, Inc. (FEASI), Federal Express' aviation marketing subsidiary.
 Federal Express also announced it has received supplemental type certification of its Heavyweight Stage 3 Kit for operation at JT8D-17 thrust levels on Boeing 727-200 aircraft at takeoff weights up to 199,000 lbs. "Certification of the JT8D-17 Stage 3 Kit now provides many of the newest and most productive Boeing 727-200 aircraft with a cost-effective means of achieving Stage 3 noise compliance," said Tom Morgan, FEASI's director of Aviation Products. "Four 727-200s are currently in service with the Heavyweight Stage 3 Kit and a total of 12 are scheduled to be in operation by the end of 1993," Morgan added.
 Federal Express Stage 3 Kits are available in two versions to support all models of the Boeing 727. A standard kit, which has been available since 1989, provides Stage 3 compliance for all Boeing 727- 100s and JT8D-7 powered 727-200s, and JT8D-9 powered 727-200s at takeoff weights up to 169,500 lbs. The Heavyweight Stage 3 Kit provides Stage 3 compliance at takeoff weights up to 189,000 lbs. on JT8D-9 powered 727-200s and 199,000 lbs. on JT8D-15 and JT8D-17 powered 727-200s. The Heavyweight Stage 3 Kit received its original F.A.A. supplemental type certificate (S.T.C.) for JT8D-15 powered 727-200s in September 1992.
 Each Federal Express Stage 3 Kit includes hardware and S.T.C. licenses to allow conversion of a complete aircraft to meet newer, more stringent noise standards. The kits incorporate advanced noise reduction technologies to significantly reduce engine exhaust and fan noise levels to bring the Boeing 727 aircraft into compliance with both F.A.R. part 36 Stage 3 and I.C.A.O. Chapter 3 noise standards, with a minimal impact on aircraft performance. The kits have been developed by Federal Express' engineering group in collaboration with United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney, the original manufacturer of the JT8D model engines on the Boeing 727.
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 /CONTACT: Brandon Davis, 901-395-3755 or Tom Martin, 901-395-3490, both of Federal Express/
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