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NORTH AMERICAN AIRLINES ADDS NEW MD-83

 NORTH AMERICAN AIRLINES ADDS NEW MD-83
 LONG BEACH, Calif., March 9 -- North American Airlines will become


the newest operator of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 twin jet transport when it begins planned service from New York in June.
 The airline will acquire a new MD-83 under an arrangement with International Lease Finance Corp. It will be the first fleet addition since the carrier started operations in January 1990 with one B757.
 North American, a U.S. flag carrier, operates contract feeder services for El Al Israel Airlines. It provides a direct link between Los Angeles and Miami for Tel Aviv flights through the El Al U.S. gateway at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
 The carrier also flies weekend charter operations, primarily from U.S. cities to Club Med destinations in the Caribbean, plus military charters.
 "The MD-83 will let us make some major additions to our service as our first expansion step," said North American President and Founder Dan McKinnon. "After two years of operation, we're ready for modest growth and the MD-83 is the right aircraft for us, available at the right time."
 A former radio station owner and U.S. Navy pilot, McKinnon was for three years the chairman of the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board.
 The MD-83 is a long range version of the popular McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) twin jet, capable of non-stop flights up to 2,800 miles. It is equipped with extra tanks for a total capacity of 7,000 gallons of fuel and has the MD-80 family's highest allowable maximum takeoff weight at 160,000 pounds. It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 engines, each rated at 21,000 pounds takeoff thrust.
 The new MD-83 will be in the NAA livery with the distinctive wavy American flag on the vertical stabilizer.
 North American will have the aircraft equipped for 155 passengers including a business class for El Al flights. It will operate flights for El Al from the airline's New York base to the current destinations of Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Boston, Chicago, plus new El Al destinations of Washington, D.C., and Dallas/Fort Worth, Calif. In addition, it will increase its continuous charter services with an alternative sized aircraft. The charter operations depart from Terminal One at JFK International Airport.
 MD-80s are built at Long Beach by the Douglas Aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas. North American's aircraft is scheduled for delivery in May to allow start of the new services in June. Flight crew training will begin soon at the Douglas plant.
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 /CONTACT: Don Hanson of Douglas Aircraft Co., 310-593-4710/
 (MD) CO: McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Co. ST: California IN: AIR SU:


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