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SHANGHAI AIRLINES CHOOSES BOEING 767s FOR EXPANSION

 SEATTLE, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing a double-digit rate of growth expected throughout the 1990s, as well as flight-deck commonality with the Boeing 757s in its fleet, Shanghai Airlines today ordered five 767-300 widebodies worth $450 million, according to Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.
 "Operating a combination of 757s and 767s will give us a lot of flexibility, especially since our pilots will be dual-rated and be able to fly both airplane types," said Shanghai Airlines Chairman and Managing Director He Pengnian.
 Initially the new 263-passenger 767s will be used on heavily traveled legs to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
 Shanghai Airlines was launched in 1985 as China's first independent airline and started with 100 employees and some second-hand 707s. Majority owned by the City of Shanghai and other business enterprises, it gained quick acceptance in the market by making service a priority. Service begat growth, and in 1989 Shanghai Airlines phased out its 707s and acquired three fuel-efficient 757-200s, then ordered five more of the 200-passenger twinjets in 1991.
 The airline used its three 757s to fly over two million passengers on 13,000 flights during the last three years. This year, with delivery of a fourth 757 in June and a fifth in September, Shanghai Airlines is expected to carry nearly a million passengers on a route system interconnecting 11 cities in China.
 Boeing records indicate that more than half of all 757s and 767s have been ordered for common fleets.
 Shanghai Airlines has chosen the Pratt & Whitney PW4056 engine to power its 767s, which will be configured to carry 18 passengers in first class, 31 in business and 214 in economy. Shanghai becomes the third airline in China to operate the Boeing 767, which flies farther than any other twinjet and does so with lower costs per seat-kilometer than any airplane with its range capability.
 "The growing popularity of the 767 in China is an indication of the suitability of this airplane for high-density domestic routes and its versatility to handle international sectors as well," commented Ron King, vice president of international sales for Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.
 Boeing has unfilled announced orders for 1,349 jetliners, including 166 model 767s.
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 /CONTACTS: David Jensen of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-999-5339 or 206-237-1710/
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