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MORRIS AIR SERVICE SIGNS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR, FIVE-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH MCI -- WILL SWITCH 800 TRAFFIC AFTER PORTABILITY

 SALT LAKE CITY, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI (NASDAQ: MCIC) announced today that Morris Air Service, the low-cost air carrier based in Salt Lake City, has chosen MCI as its primary long-distance carrier for telecommunications services, under a five-year, multi-million dollar agreement.
 "Our selection of MCI was motivated by our need to keep our operation costs as low as possible while maintaining high quality communications capability with our customers," said June M. Morris, chief executive officer of Morris Air.
 MCI currently carries a portion of the toll-free calls to Morris Air for flight reservations. The airline will be able to switch more of its 800 traffic to MCI after May 1, 1993. On that date, 800 numbers become "portable," and companies are free to move their 800 numbers to the long distance carrier of their choice without changing numbers.
 Under the company's new agreement with MCI, Morris Air will use MCI 800 Service in addition to MCI Vision, an outbound service designed for businesses with features and capabilitues that traditionally are available only to the largest national firms. MCI will provide Morris Air with a dedicated private network, offering point-to-point service between Salt Lake City and all domestic cities serviced by Morris Air.
 After eight years as a charter airline, Morris Air obtained government authorization to operate as an airline last November. It has been consistently profitable. The airline's success in competing against much larger carriers is likened to MCI's noted achievement in successfully competing against one of the largest companies in the world.
 "We look forward to a longstanding relationship with Morris Air, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to provide our advanced network services to this successful, entrepreneurial company," said MCI Business Services President Timothy F. Price.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, D.C., offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest state-of-the-art networks. With 1992 revenue of more than $10 billion, the company is the second largest long distance provider in the United States and has more than 60 offices worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Brabec of MCI, 312-819-6741/
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