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GARUDA INDONESIA ACCEPTS FIRST MD-11 JETLINER

 GARUDA INDONESIA ACCEPTS FIRST MD-11 JETLINER
 LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In a ceremony


highlighted by colorfully costumed Indonesian dancers, Garuda Indonesia Airlines took delivery of its first new McDonnell Douglas MD-11 jetliner today, and departed on a flight to Bali and Jakarta.
 Capt. Jasir Ismail, senior vice president-operation, accepted the aircraft for the airline. It was turned over to him by Robert H. Hood, president of the Douglas Aircraft Co. division of McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD).
 A troupe of dancers in native costumes performed as the big aircraft, sparkling white and emblazoned with Garuda's blue logo, rolled into position to serve as the backdrop for the ceremony. Some 300 guests, many visitors from Indonesia, attended the event on the Douglas flight ramp at Long Beach Municipal Airport.
 Garuda will put the MD-11 into service later this month, initially linking Jakarta with Hong Kong and then adding service to cities in Europe. It is the first of nine of the advanced long-range trijets the airline has on order. Others will be delivered at a planned rate of two per year into 1996.
 On the dais for the ceremony were Zainuddin Sikado, director general of Indonesia's Ministry of Air Transportation; Santoso Rahardjo, acting consul general for the Republic of Indonesia; Djunaedi Hadisumarto, member of Garuda's Board of Trustees, and Capt. A. Wahyudo, Garuda's MD-11 project manager.
 Representing the group financing the new aircraft were Jim Worsham, chairman, GPA Pacific & Asia, GPA Group plc; Bob Hippy, director of business development for Bimantara, and Roekanto Djokomono, president director of Aerowisata.
 Joe Pirkle, vice president-general manager of the MD-11 program for Douglas, and Dean Leannard, general manager-CF6 Project for General Electric Aircraft Engines, participated on behalf of the McDonnell Douglas and supplier employees who built the aircraft.
 The Garuda MD-11 is equipped to carry 300 passengers in a three- class arrangement. The interior features an advanced passenger entertainment system with both wall-mounted and projection-type video monitors, and the large overhead storage bins for carry-on bags that have become an MD-11 hallmark with passengers.
 Powered by three General Electric CF6-80C2 engines rated at 61,000 pounds of thrust each, the Garuda MD-11 has a maximum takeoff weight of 618,000 pounds and cruises at a speed of 588 mph with non- stop range near 8000 statute miles.
 Garuda Indonesia becomes the 12th airline to put MD-11s into service since the new trijet was introduced in December 1990. With the Garuda aircraft, McDonnell Douglas has delivered 37 MD-11s.
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 /CONTACT: Don Hanson of Douglas Aircraft, 310-593-4710/
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