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NEW-GENERATION BOEING 737S EARN TOP RELIABILITY MARKS

 NEW-GENERATION BOEING 737S EARN TOP RELIABILITY MARKS
 SEATTLE, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- While it was busy breaking


aircraft delivery records last year, the Boeing 737 twinjet also earned an additional distinction that everybody who flies can appreciate, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group said today.
 According to 1991 figures reported by airlines worldwide and recently compiled by Boeing (NYSE: BA), the new-generation Boeing 737 family is the most reliable aircraft in the aviation industry. Airlines flying Boeing 737-300s, -400s and -500s in regularly scheduled revenue passenger service worldwide reported an average dispatch reliability rate of 99.15 percent for the past year.
 That means for every 100 scheduled flights using new-generation 737s, less than one flight was delayed more than 15 minutes because of a problem with aircraft systems or equipment. The rate does not take into account delays caused by air traffic, weather or other problems unrelated to the aircraft's systems.
 "For airline passengers, taking off on time is very important," said Bob Hammer, director of engineering in Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's Renton Division, where new-generation 737s are assembled. "The 737 has the reliability that our airline customers -- and their customers -- can count on."
 The first member of the new-generation 737 family, the mid-size 737-300, was introduced in 1984, followed by the larger -400 in 1988 and the smaller -500 in 1990. The 737 has ranked as the world's best-selling jetliner since 1987, when it eclipsed the previous best seller, the Boeing 727, which achieved total orders of 1,831 airplanes. Orders for the entire 737 program now total 2,948 airplanes.
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 /CONTACT: John Dern of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-237-3657/
 (BA) CO: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group ST: Washington IN: AIR SU:


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