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MEDICAL RELIEF FLIGHT TO RUSSIAN FAR EAST; FIRST RESULT OF VANCOUVER SUMMIT USES FORMER TOP SECRET AIRBASE OF FLIGHT 007 INFAMY

 WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As a result of the generosity of World Airways, the people of Petropavlovsk, Russia, will receive about 96,000 pounds of desperately needed medical supplies next Tuesday. One of the airlines' DC-10-30 cargo planes will touch down at 4:15 p.m., Aug. 3, local time (11:45 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2, EDT) at Elizovo International Airport. This is the same military/commercial airport used by the Soviet Mig that shot down Korean Air Lines flight 007 in 1983.
 The medical supplies, valued at $3 million, are being provided by the U.S. government. They are one of the first tangible results of the commitment President Clinton made to President Yeltsin at the Vancouver Summit. The U.S. president specifically committed assistance to hard- pressed Far Eastern Russia.
 World Airways, which has a long history of flying relief missions (Vietnam, Somalia, etc.), donated its services, valued at $100,000, to make this urgently needed flight possible.
 The medical supplies will be loaded onto World's widebody freighter at Travis Air Force Base in California early Monday. With the aid of a Russian navigator, the plane will land at what was a top secret airbase outside of Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia.
 Dozens of pallets and containers will be unloaded by hand to be distributed to local hospitals. It is estimated to be a year's supply of badly needed medical supplies.
 World Airways became aware of the need for its donations as a result of becoming the first commercial customer of a U.S./Russian commercial consortium. On Sept. 1, 1993 the airline will begin using the Elizovo Airport twice a week as a refueling point for its routes to Japan and Hong Kong.
 The California Kamchatka Company (CKC) is preparing and marketing the Elizovo Airport as a low-cost, easy-access refueling point for freight operators flying Northern Pacific routes. The airport, with an 11,155 ft. main runway, is strategically located between major Asian cities and U.S. West Coast destinations. A joint venture between CKC and a consortium of Russian organizations will service the flights using American-trained and managed personnel.
 World Airways, Inc., a subsidiary of WorldCorp, Inc. (NYSE: WOA), is a leading worldwide provider of air transportation for commercial and government customers. Founded in 1948, the charter airline flies a fleet of wide body McDonnell Douglas MD-11s and DC-10s in passenger and cargo configurations. World Flight Crew Services (a WorldCorp, Inc. subsidiary) provides flight crews on a contract basis for major foreign airlines. The company is based at Washington Dulles International Airport in Herndon, Va.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: To arrange photo-op of loading at Travis Air Force Base, to arrange telephone interview of Russian and U.S. participants after arrival in Petropavlovsk, or for additional U.S. sources (State Department, relief organizations, Russian officials), call the contact below./
 /CONTACT: Marc Apter, director, marketing and public relations, World Airways, Inc., 703-904-8828, or Sky Page, 800-759-7243 (pin no. 273-4273)/
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