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FIRST BOEING ORDER TO A CIS REPUBLIC

 FIRST BOEING ORDER TO A CIS REPUBLIC
 SEATTLE, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The National State Aviacompany


(NSA) "Turkmenistan," flag carrier of the republic of Turkmenistan, took delivery today of a Boeing 737-300 twinjet, the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group confirmed today.
 NSA "Turkmenistan" became the first airline within the newly established republics of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to purchase and place into service a new Boeing airplane.
 NSA "Turkmenistan," which just recently signed a firm order for the airplane, will use the 737-300 in their rapidly growing international network, with flights from the Turkmenistan capital of Ashkhabad to Istanbul, the Gulf Area and Moscow.
 "The sale to Turkmenistan is very significant to Boeing," said Seddik Belyamani, vice president of international sales for Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. "And we expect it to be just the beginning of a strong relationship between our company and Turkmenistan.
 "We are proud to be part of Turkmenistan's initial steps to modernize its infrastructure, and we hope this transaction will lead to further Boeing aircraft acquisition by the airline." he added.
 "The Boeing 737-300 purchase was fully supported by the Government of Turkmenistan, including the personal involvement of the President of Turkmenistan, Saparmurad A. Niyazov," said NSA "Turkmenistan" Chairman Ilyas Berdiev.
 "The President encouraged NSA 'Turkmenistan's' acquisition of the Boeing 737-300 because its establishes a world-class business standard that will be recognized and respected within Turkmenistan, and outside the country, too," he added.
 The 737-300 as chosen by NSA "Turkmenistan" is powered by CFM-56-3C1 engines, and has a maximum gross takeoff weight of 139,500 lbs. (63,277 kg). The interior seating arrangement provides 16 first-class seats and 102 seats in economy.
 The advanced-technology 737 family of airplanes are designed to be among the quietest and most fuel-efficient in the world. All three models, including the -400 and -500, offer advanced structural materials, new corrosion inhibiting techniques, advanced digital avionics technology, improved aerodynamics and high-bypass engines.
 To date, 3,028 of the world's best-selling twinjet have been ordered.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Hooper of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-234-9330/
 (BA) CO: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group; National State Aviacompany
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