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QANTAS RECEIVES ITS 100TH BOEING JETLINER

 QANTAS RECEIVES ITS 100TH BOEING JETLINER
 SEATTLE, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- With a splash of champagne across


its nose and a brass band playing "Waltzing Matilda" in the background, a new Boeing 747-400 superjet was christened "The City of Mandurah" today, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group announced. It is the 100th Boeing jetliner built for Qantas Airways Ltd. of Australia.
 Of the world's airlines, Qantas is the largest all-Boeing operator outside the United States. In 1959, the Sydney-based carrier was Boeing's first international customer for the 707. Today, with the "City of Mandurah," Qantas operates 51 Boeing widebodies -- 32 747s and 19 767s.
 "We at Boeing are pleased that Qantas has remained committed to Boeing products," said Jim Johnson, Boeing vice president and general manager, 747/767 Division. During colorful ceremonies at Boeing's flightline in Everett near Seattle where the jumbo was manufactured, Johnson addressed a crowd of 50 Qantas representatives, including Qantas Chief Executive John Ward and Mrs. Ward, and 100 Boeing employees.
 "These 100 Everett team members were selected for their dedicated, diligent work over the years and for their commitment to continuously improving quality," Johnson said. "Their commitment makes me proud to deliver this new 747-400 to Qantas."
 Members of the Cascade High School band played Australia's unofficial anthem as Mrs. Ward poured champagne on the nose of the 406-seat airplane, christening it "The City of Mandurah" in honor of a town in Western Australia.
 The airplane will waste no time making money for Qantas. It enters service Saturday, picking up paying passengers in Los Angeles before heading off on the 14.5-hour, non-stop flight to Sydney.
 Tourist and business travel has been growing steadily between the United States and Australia. In 1985, there were more than 1,600 flights between the two countries. By 1990, the year following the introduction of the long-range 747-400, the number of U.S.-Australia flights had climbed to 2,400.
 Qantas made history earlier in the week when it paid $290(US) million to merge with Australian Airlines, the big domestic carrier. Qantas' all-Boeing fleet will be joined by Australian's 26 Boeing 737s, six Boeing 727s. Australian also operates four Airbus A300s, which Ward indicated on Monday might be sold in order to preserve fleet commonalty.
 "We are well positioned in the Asia-Pacific region to take advantage of some of the fastest growth in our industry over the next decade," he said.
 Boeing estimates travel around the Pacific Rim to continue its upswing "indefinitely."
 The Pacific Ocean has been dubbed the home of the 747-400. Capable of flying 13,380 kilometers (8,300 statute miles) fully loaded, the -400 consumes substantially less fuel than older-model 747s. In addition, the -400's flight deck incorporates advanced digital technology to reduce workload and allow two-crew operation.
 As of Aug. 31, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group had unfilled announced orders for 246 Boeing 747-400s valued at about $37 billion in 1992 dollars.
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 /CONTACT: David Jensen of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-237-8051; or Ken Boys of Qantas, 61-2-236-3979/
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