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ROYAL AIR MAROC CHOOSES BOEING 737s

 SEATTLE, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its pioneering role in setting new aviation standards in the region, Royal Air Maroc, the flag carrier of the North African Kingdom of Morocco, has placed an order for 12 twinjet 737s, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group said today.
 Royal Air Maroc has now ordered a total of 22 new-generation Boeing 737s. The specific series of the 12 new airplanes will be determined later.
 The order is valued at approximately $525 million.
 "The decision by Royal Air Maroc to order additional 737s confirms its belief in the world's all-time best-selling twinjet, and indicates clearly its decision to aggressively expand its service in the marketplace," said Philip Condit, president of The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA). "Royal Air Maroc's example will help build confidence throughout the airline industry at a time when it's really needed," he added.
 The airline's pioneering spirit is exemplified by its becoming a prominent international carrier, modernizing its fleet despite aviation industry difficulties since 1990, providing comprehensive maintenance and training both for its own personnel and for other airline customers. Royal Air Maroc's role in developing tourism continues to make a substantial contribution to the economy of the Kingdom.
 "The order demonstrates our company's commitment to continue our fleet renewal plans for medium-range airplanes," said Mohamed Mekouar, president and director general of the Casablanca-based carrier. He added, "This confirms our intent to consolidate our position on the medium-range European network, and underlines our confidence in the future traffic growth between Europe and Morocco."
 Royal Air Maroc was the first airline in the Africa/Middle East region to introduce the 737-400 and 737-500 (in 1990), and earlier the first in North Africa to operate the Boeing 757-200 (1986) and Boeing 727-200 (1970).
 The advanced-technology twinjets will be powered by CFM56-3C engines built by CFM International, a joint venture of SNECMA of France and General Electric of the United States.
 To date, 159 customers worldwide have ordered 1,923 of the new- generation Boeing 737s. Total orders for the entire 737 program amount to 3,067, continuing its tradition as the most popular commercial airplane in aviation history.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Hooper of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-234-9330/
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