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McDONNELL DOUGLAS DELIVERS 1,000TH MD-80 TWIN JET

 McDONNELL DOUGLAS DELIVERS 1,000TH MD-80 TWIN JET
 LONG BEACH, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today


received the 1,000th MD-80 twin jet built by McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) during a delivery ceremony here that featured authentic Russian and Ukranian folk dances.
 Representatives from Alaska, Douglas, supplier companies, and employees who build the MD-80 gathered on the flight ramp in front of the airplane for the colorful celebration.
 Alaska Airlines, marking its 60th anniversary this year, has been a longtime operator of Douglas airplanes -- from early DC-3s which opened remote corners of Alaska, to DC-4s which achieved the world's first commercial flight over the North Pole, to today's MD-80s which fly daily on routes spanning the U.S. West Coast.
 "Together, we have spent more than 130 years in aviation," said Douglas Aircraft President Robert H. Hood during the ceremony.
 "When two of the best get together, as we have over the years, only one thing can happen," Hood said, "the customer receives the Alaska touch with top drawer service and the McDonnell Douglas touch with a quality product."
 Alaska's customer orientation has earned it "Best U.S. Airline" recognition from Conde Nast Traveler and Consumer Reports.
 Patrick Glenn, executive vice president and chief executive officer, accepted the 1,000th MD-80 on behalf of Seattle-based Alaska Airlines.
 "This airplane marks an aviation milestone, and Alaska Airlines is honored to be associated with McDonnell Douglas on this historic occasion," Glenn said. "We are proud of our MD-80s. They're popular with our customers and our flight crews, reliable to operate and critical to our ability to serve noise-sensitive markets."
 During the ceremony, a group of 16 MD-80 suppliers were recognized as the "backbone of the program" by Robert R. Paul, vice president and general manager of Douglas supplier management. Paul presented each company representative with a scale model of the MD-80 aircraft. "Without them, the 1,000th airplane would never have come off the line," he said.
 In June 1991, Alaska became the first U.S. airline to offer regular flights from the West Coast to Russia. The same year, the airline registered its 19th
consecutive profitable year. Alaska currently operates 33 McDonnell Douglas airplanes that serve 38 cities, and it will be a launch customer for the MD-90-30 twin jet, scheduled to be delivered in 1994.
 The quiet, fuel-efficent and pro-environment MD-80 is in service with more than 50 operators around the world, flying in nearly 70 countries. The MD-80 consistently maintains the highest dispatch reliability in its class.
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 /CONTACT: Warren Lamb of Douglas Aircraft Company, 310-593-3269/
 (MD) CO: Douglas Aircraft Company; Alaska Airlines ST: California IN: ARO AIR SU:


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