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NEW MD-90 ON INTERNATIONAL DEMONSTRATION TOUR

 LONG BEACH, Calif., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The newest McDonnell Douglas jetliner, the twin engine MD-90, departed today on an international sales demonstration flight that will include showings at the Paris Air Show and six other cities in Europe and North America.
 The aircraft lifted off from the Long Beach Municipal Airport at 6:20 a.m. (PDT) on the first leg of a 20-day trip that will cover more than 13,600 miles (21,760 km) and two ocean crossings. There will be stops in Canada, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, England, and Iceland in addition to France and the United States.
 The MD-90 is painted in a white, green and blue color scheme denoting the pro-environment technology that is one of its principal selling points.
 The MD-90 was designed and built in Long Beach by the Douglas Aircraft Co. as an advanced mid-size, medium-range transport to meet the needs of world airlines far into the next century.
 Powered by two International Aero Engines V2500 turbofan powerplants, the 153-passenger MD-90 will be the cleanest and quietest aircraft in its class when it goes into airline service in the last half of 1994.
 The MD-90 will have airport community noise levels as much as six decibels below the most stringent international noise limits. That will make its sound impact on airport neighborhoods only about half that of many current aircraft of similar size.
 The clean-burning V2500 engines have the lowest levels of exhaust emissions of any engines in their class. Measurements range from about 55 percent of the allowable international limit for nitrous oxides to 20 percent of the carbon monoxide limit and only five percent of the maximum allowable on hydrocarbons.
 In addition to low sound levels and low exhaust emissions, the V2500 engines give the new airliner exceptional takeoff performance in hot weather at high altitude airports, allowing greater payloads to be carried in those conditions.
 Other features of the MD-90 include a new, advanced cabin interior designed for greater passenger convenience, improved lavatory and electrical power systems, a new auxiliary power unit, upgraded digital systems for the cabin's temperature and pressure controls, lightweight carbon brakes and significant improvements to the aircraft hydraulic system. The aircraft has a non-stop range of 2,610 statute miles (4,200 km.)
 The passenger cabin retains the popular five-abreast seating that has been the hallmark of all McDonnell Douglas twin jets, and offers larger overhead storage bins for carry-on baggage. Full-grip handrails are built into the racks to aid passengers in the aisle.
 The demonstration aircraft is the first of the MD-90 type, and has been in a flight test program since Feb. 22. It had logged more than 172 hours airborne, in 111 flights through June 1.
 On board for the international trip is a contingent of flight crew and ground crew members and supplier technicians. Captain Bill Jones, MD-90 chief test pilot for Douglas, is pilot in command on the tour.
 The itinerary takes the aircraft and passengers to Ciampino airport at Rome, for its first sales demonstration, and then to the Paris Air Show June 8-15.
 Low-level fly-bys are scheduled at Paris, allowing show crowds to hear for themselves the MD-90's low noise characteristics.
 From Paris, the aircraft goes to Stockholm, Sweden, and then to Manchester, England, for additional showings.
 The final stops are planned at Atlanta, for a showing to MD-90 launch customer Delta Airlines, followed by a visit to Washington National Airport, Washington, D.C.
 The aircraft will return to Long Beach on June 23. Total flying time on the demonstration trip will be 50 to 60 hours. Back at Long Beach, the MD-90 will resume flight development testing that will lead to a Federal Aviation Administration type certificate in the third quarter of 1994.
 To date, Douglas has 77 firm orders and 102 options and other commitments for MD-90s. The customers, in addition to Delta, are Alaska Airlines, China Aero Technology Import/Export Corp. (for aircraft to be assembled in China), GATX Capital Corp., Great China Airlines of Taiwan, Japan Air Systems and Scandinavian Airlines System.
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 /CONTACT: Don Hanson of Douglas Aircraft Co., 310-593-4710/


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