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MALAYSIA AIRLINES PLACES $480 MILLION BOEING ORDER

 MALAYSIA AIRLINES PLACES $480 MILLION BOEING ORDER
 SEATTLE, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing an upward trend in traffic


demand, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has signed for 10 additional Boeing jetliners, its second order of the year, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group confirmed today.
 The $480-million order comprises eight 737-400 twinjets, one 737- 300 to be modified as a freighter after delivery and one 747-400 all- passenger superjet. The 737s were converted from previously announced options. With this latest order, the airline also added seven 737 options and one more 747 option.
 Malaysia's national carrier placed an order for six Boeing 747- 400s in March. By the end of the decade, if all current options are exercised, the airline will be flying 20 of the advanced-technology jumbos.
 "Our traffic projections for the coming decade tell us our fleet needs to grow to meet the expected demand," said MAS Managing Director Dato' Kamaruddin Ahmad. "There are new destinations and additional frequencies we need to add to our route system. These new aircraft will address those needs."
 Malaysia Airlines currently flies to 47 destinations in 29 countries and has indicated plans to open service next year to Seattle via Japan's Nagoya Airport.
 "The combination of 747s for long-haul service and 737s for domestic and regional use has proven to be a real winner for MAS," noted Ron King, Boeing vice president, international sales. He added the airline operates both models in its fleet with near perfect dispatch reliability -- "a commendable distinction," he said.
 Malaysia, as a newly industrialized economy, is experiencing one of the highest growth rates in the world. Its gross domestic product is expected to increase 8.6 percent this year and is expected to average 6.8 percent growth through 2000. By comparison, the rest of Asia will average 5.5 percent, economists say.
 To meet growing passenger and air cargo demand, the country this year decided to build a new international airport which when completed in 1997 will provide three times the capacity of Kuala Lumpur's existing Subang Airport.
 Malaysia Airlines' 747 will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4056 engines and will carry 425 passengers. The 747-400, introduced in 1989 with a range of more than 8,000 statute miles, embodies advances in aerodynamics, structural materials, avionics and interior design. The carrier's 737s will seat 146 and will be powered by CFM56-3C1 engines.
 Boeing 747-400 orders now total 425 with orders for all 747 models at 1,149. Orders for all 737 models stand at 2,949.
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 /CONTACT: David Jensen of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-237-8051/
 (BA) CO: The Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group; Malaysia Airlines ST: Washington IN: AIR SU:


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