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TUNISAIR RECEIVES SECOND BOEING 737-500

 SEATTLE, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Tunisair, the flag carrier of Tunisia, has taken delivery of its second Boeing 737-500, the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group announced today.
 The North African carrier ordered three of the new-generation twinjets, receiving the first in 1992. The third will be delivered in early 1994. Additionally, the airline holds options on two 737-500s.
 Tunisair's 737-500s will carry 126 passengers in a single class configuration. The aircraft will be used on the carrier's short-to- medium range routes.
 Tunisair President and General Director Abdelhamid Fehri said, "The receipt of this new Boeing 737-500 will consolidate our fleet, particularly for the 120-seat airplanes that are very much in demand by Tunisair Tours Operators' customers.
 "The airplane previously acquired allowed us to confirm our satisfaction with the 737's performance and technical reliability," he added.
 "The new-generation 737s offer airlines the product enhancements needed to compete in today's difficult marketplace," said Seddik Belyamani, vice president of international sales, Middle East/Africa/ Latin America. "Tunisair has a marvelous record of outstanding 737 performance -- and, we're pleased with the confidence they've shown the 737 over the years, and as they look to the future," he added.
 One of the primary advantages of the 737-500 for Tunisair is the fact that the aircraft have the same pilot type-rating as the familiar 737-200 aircraft that have been in its fleet since 1979. This greatly reduces training requirements for the carrier's experienced 737 pilots. Also, Tunisair technicians can perform maintenance on new-generation 737s with less training due to benefits derived from previous 737-200 experience.
 The 737-500 is one of three versions of the new-generation series of Boeing 737s, each of which offers airlines flexibility in seating choices. All three 737 models, including the -400 and -300, feature an improved wing design, a more advanced flight deck, greater use of weight-saving materials and fuel efficient CFM-56 engines. These features give airline customers an airplane with state-of-the-art technology, and cost-saving capability necessary to compete effectively in difficult markets.
 To date, 3,044 of the 737 twinjets have been ordered, continuing to make it the world's best-selling aircraft.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Hooper of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-234-9330/
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