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FIRST FUSELAGE SECTION FOR NEW MODEL TWIN JET AIRLINER SHIPPED OUT OF McDONNELL DOUGLAS SALT LAKE CITY PLANT TODAY

 FIRST FUSELAGE SECTION FOR NEW MODEL TWIN JET AIRLINER
 SHIPPED OUT OF McDONNELL DOUGLAS SALT LAKE CITY PLANT TODAY
 SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The first fuselage section for a new model twin jet airliner was shipped out of the McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) plant here today, headed for the final assembly line in Long Beach, Calif.
 Utah Governor Norman Bangerter was on hand at an informal send-off celebration for the 50-foot long center segment of the first McDonnell Douglas MD-90.
 He was joined by Al Egbert, general manager of the Salt Lake City plant, with Preston Henne, MD-90 program manager at the Douglas Aircraft Co. in Long Beach, and a throng of local McDonnell Douglas workers who built the aircraft section.
 The MD-90 is an advanced mid-size, medium-range airliner designed to meet the needs of operators and airport communities for aircraft that are quieter, more fuel efficient and more environmentally acceptable than previous jetliners.
 As a new addition to the McDonnell Douglas twin jet family, the MD-90s will be produced in conjunction with the company's current series of MD-80 transports, which also use fuselages and other components from Salt Lake City.
 The first MD-90 subassembly is 50 feet long, almost 11 feet wide and nearly 13 feet high. It was loaded on a truck at the McDonnell Douglas factory adjacent to the Salt Lake City airport and will be transferred to a special railroad car for its journey to California.
 Egbert said the forward fuselage for the number one MD-90 is nearly complete and will be shipped next week, with the aft section following in early March.
 Henne said construction of the first MD-90 is moving on schedule. The wings arrived at Long Beach last month from the McDonnell Douglas plant in Canada. Wing and fuselage joining, the first major milestone in final assembly of the new aircraft, is scheduled for late March.
 McDonnell Douglas launched the MD-90 development program in November 1989 and certification by the Federal Aviation Administration is expected in late 1994. First in the MD-90 series, the MD-90-30, will be capable of carrying 153 passengers in a mixed class seating, over a range of 2,600 statute miles. As airline needs evolve McDonnell Douglas will offer other variants including the MD-90-50 and the MD-90-55.
 Length of the MD-90s is 152.7 feet, five feet more than the MD-80. Wing span is 107.8 feet, the same as the MD-80. The cockpit will be similar to that of the MD-88, the most advanced MD-80 type.
 MD-90s will be powered by two International Aero Engines V2500 turbofan engines, rated at 25,000 pounds of thrust for the MD-90-30 and at 28,000 pounds thrust for the MD-90-50. The engines will make the MD-90s the quietest aircraft in their class, and offer major reductions in emission of air pollutants such as oxides of nitrogen.
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 /CONTACT: Don Hanson of Douglas Aircraft Co., 310-593-4710/
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