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GULF AIR CHOOSES SIX BOEING 777s

 SEATTLE, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Gulf Air, the flag carrier of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, has reached agreement with Boeing for the acquisition of six 777s and options to acquire an additional six aircraft, Boeing announced today.
 The first six Gulf Air 777s will deliver in the 1998-2000 time period, with the six options for delivery after the year 2000.
 Gulf Air becomes the 14th customer for the big twinjet. Additional customers in Asia, the United States, Europe and the Middle East bring total announced orders for the 777 to 136 airplanes. Announced options now total 100.
 Gulf Air President and Chief Executive H. E. Salim bin Ali bin Nasser Assiyabi said the agreement "is further evidence of Gulf Air's vitality and
confidence in the future growth of air traffic in this region." Operating from its headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, the airline will serve cities in Asia, Australia and Europe with the 777.
 The carrier has selected General Electric GE90 engines to power its 777s.
 "Gulf Air's decision underscores the viability of the 777 for carriers operating in the region," said Seddik Belyamani, vice president of International Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.
 The first 777 will roll out in Spring 1994, with first flight scheduled for June 1994. A comprehensive flight test program lasting 11 months will follow. First delivery will be to United Airlines in May 1995.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Murphy of Boeing 777 Division, 206-294-6101/
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CO: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group; Boeing 777 Division; Gulf Air ST: Washington IN: AIR SU: FNC

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