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REPUBLIC OF CHINA RECEIVES FLAGSHIP MD-11

 REPUBLIC OF CHINA RECEIVES FLAGSHIP MD-11
 LONG BEACH, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In a colorful ceremony today,


the Republic of China's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) and China Airlines took delivery of their first McDonnell Douglas MD-11 trijet, which will be used to expand the carrier's long-range international fleet.
 The flagship MD-11 delivered was one of four aircraft ordered by the CAA, but it was the second trijet received by China Airlines -- the first was in September under a lease arrangement with GATX Capital Corp.
 The event was held on the flightline of the Douglas Aircraft Co., the commercial transport division of McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD). Joining Douglas officials and employees for the significant event were representatives of China's CAA and other government agencies, the airline and the engine manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney.
 "This ceremony marks the first delivery of what we hope will be a long tradition of McDonnell Douglas aircraft in the China Airlines fleet," said John Wolf, executive vice president-commercial at Douglas Aircraft.
 "Your choice of McDonnell Douglas to be a partner with CAA and China Airlines shows your commitment to quality and durability, and it is a great honor for us," said Wolf.
 Present to officially accept the new widebody jetliner into the fleet were Sun Chiao-Liang, deputy director general of the CAA; and Fu Chun-Fan, vice president of marketing, sales and planning for China Airlines.
 China Airlines' initial MD-11 service links Taipei with Hong Kong and Bangkok, Thailand. Operations will be extended to North American cities as additional aircraft are delivered.
 The airline's MD-11s are arranged with 289 seats in first, business and economy class sections. Travelers enjoy spacious cabins with improved seats, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, larger overhead storage compartments for carry-on baggage, and improved lighting and air conditioning.
 Pratt & Whitney 4460 engines power the China Airlines' MD-11s. Each of the three advanced turbofan jets is rated at 60,000 pounds of takeoff thrust.
 The Taipei-based carrier is the fifth airline in Asia to operate the MD-11, and its trijets join a world-wide fleet of more than 60 of the airplanes flown by 13 other airlines. Since beginning commercial operations at the end of 1990, the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 fleet has grown to serve major cities on every continent with more than 150 flights per day.
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 /CONTACT: Warren Lamb of Douglas Aircraft Co., 310-593-3269/
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