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SOLOMON AIRLINES' FIRST 737-400 SETS RECORD DISTANCE FLIGHT

 SOLOMON AIRLINES' FIRST 737-400 SETS RECORD DISTANCE FLIGHT
 SEATTLE, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Solomon Airlines, national carrier of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, set a new distance record for the 737 on May 1 when it flew its first 737-400 seven hours and 55 minutes non-stop from Majuro in the Marshall Islands to Melbourne, Australia, a distance of 5,767 kilometers (3,583 statute/3,115 nautical miles), Boeing Commercial Airplane Group said today.
 The plane, leased through International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), flew to Melbourne for outfitting by Australian Airlines and will enter service May 19.
 Solomon Airlines, based in Honiara on the island of Guadalcanal, flies to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, as well as to 20 locations in the Solomons. Its fleet consists of a Boeing 737-200, which is being returned to ILFC when the -400 enters service, and various Twin Otters, Britten Northern Islanders and Pipers.
 Piloting the record-breaking flight over the South Pacific were Capt. Trevor Ancell and Capt. Terry Parrish, both of Solomon Airlines, and Capt. Mel Short of Australian Airlines.
 Solomon's new 737-400 is equipped with two supplemental 500-gallon Rogerson fuel tanks. According to the National Aeronautics Association, the prior distance record for a 737 was a 3,455.9-statute-mile flight from Montreal to Brussels.
 The Boeing 737 enjoys a worldwide dispatch reliability in excess of 99 percent. It is noted for its quiet and fuel-efficient CFM56 engines, advanced avionics and ability to land on short runways.
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 /CONTACT: David Jensen of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-237-8051/
 (BA) CO: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group; Solomon Airlines ST: Washington IN: AIR SU:


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