SAS ORDERS SIX MD-90S FROM McDONNELL DOUGLAS
SAS ORDERS SIX MD-90S FROM McDONNELL DOUGLAS LONG BEACH, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- SAS has ordered six
MD-90s from McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) and has taken options for an additional six of the next generation intermediate range twin jet aircraft due to enter service in 1994. SAS plans to take delivery of its MD-90s in 1996.
The order by SAS, valued at approximately $250 million, represents the first MD-90s purchased for service in Europe where noise regulations and engine emission standards are among the toughest in the world. The MD-90 features the IAE V2500 engine, the quietest and cleanest engine in its class. This is the second significant order of MD-90s for McDonnell Douglas in the past month. In June, the People's Republic of China gave final approval for the purchase of 20 MD-90s as part of a 40- aircraft order meeting that country's needs for planes to serve routes in China. SAS, an airline consortium serving worldwide routes from Denmark, Norway and Sweden, currently flies 107 McDonnell Douglas twin jets, including 66 MD-80s and 41 DC-9s. The airline originally planned to take 73 MD-80s, but now has replaced its last seven with the MD-90s. David R. Hinson, executive vice president, marketing, for the Douglas Aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas, said, "We're pleased that a trend-setting airline like SAS has selected the MD- 90. This new aircraft represents excellence in noise and engine emission reduction and will produce the quietest cabin for outstanding passenger comfort." The McDonnell Douglas MD-90 is scheduled for certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in the third quarter of 1994, with first deliveries to customers in the fourth quarter. Final assembly of the first MD-90 is under way at the Douglas Aircraft Co. plant in Long Beach. The aircraft is scheduled for first flight early in 1993 before it enters its flight test and certification program. The MD-90 development program was launched in 1989. The MD-90 program will extend twin-jet production at McDonnell Douglas well into the next century. The aircraft offers capacity growth as well as commonalty to present operators of MD-80s and DC-9s. The aircraft offers an advanced flight deck, including electronic flight instrument system (EFIS), a full-flight management system (FMS), state-of-the-art inertial reference system (IRS), and advanced dot-matrix displays for engine and system monitoring. The aircraft, which will seat 153 passengers in a typical mixed-class cabin arrangement, will be powered by two 25,000-lb.- thrust engines developed by International Aero Engines (IAE), a company representing five of the world's leading jet engine manufacturers. SAS and McDonnell Douglas have maintained a close relationship for many years. SAS and its predecessor companies began flying Douglas-produced aircraft in the 1930s. SAS also has flown DC-8s, DC-9s, DC-10s, and MD-80s. -0- 7/14/92 /CONTACT: John Thom of Douglas Aircraft Company, 310-593-9223/ (MD) CO: McDonnell Douglas; SAS ST: California IN: ARO SU: CON CH -- LA007 -- 8981 07/14/92 09:33 EDT
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