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VASP-BRAZIL RECEIVES FIRST MD-11 TRIJET

 VASP-BRAZIL RECEIVES FIRST MD-11 TRIJET
 LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The first of two new


McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) MD-11 trijet airliners was turned over to VASP Brazilian Airlines today at the Douglas Aircraft Co. factory here.
 The big white-and-blue airliner is scheduled to depart over the weekend on its delivery flight to VASP's base at Sao Paulo, Brazil.
 VASP (Viacao Aerea Sao Paulo S.A.) will use the new aircraft and a sister ship to be delivered next month on recently awarded new international routes to Los Angeles, and later to Asia.
 In Long Beach to accept the MD-11 are Jose Fernando, VASP vice president - legal; Capt. Antonio Juliani, director of flight operations, and Capt. Carlos Pera, chief pilot, MD-11.
 The two aircraft are leased by VASP from Mitsui & Co. Ltd. of Japan, through Mitsui's Long Beach-based Tombo Aviation Inc. Joining in a turnover ceremony Thursday (Feb. 13) was Mitsugu Sakon, assistant manager of Mitsui; Sho Takasugi, president of Tombo; other Tombo officers and David Hinson, Douglas executive vice president - marketing and business development.
 Capt. Pera will pilot the MD-11 on the flight to Sao Paulo. Hinson will travel to Brazil to represent Douglas in welcoming ceremonies next week at Sao Paulo and in the capital city of Brasilia. Also participating will be Ron Wasikowski, Douglas vice president - marketing for The Americas, and Bud Melges, marketing manager.
 VASP now carries passengers to more than 40 destinations within Brazil, flies to Argentina and the Caribbean and makes charter trips to U.S. destinations. The fleet for long-haul services includes three McDonnell Douglas DC-10s and three DC-8s.
 With the MD-11, VASP adds to its fleet the newest airliner in commercial service, designed particularly for large capacity, long range operations such as VASP is adding to its network of routes.
 The new aircraft is equipped for 293 passengers in a three-class arrangement. It is powered by three General Electric CF6-80C2 turbofan engines, each rated at 61,500 pounds of takeoff thrust.
 With more than 5,500 cubic feet of lower deck cargo space, the MD-11 offers VASP 40 percent more space than any other aircraft for carrying additional revenue freight after passenger bags are loaded.
 VASP is the 13th major operator to put the MD-11 into service since the new model was certificated for commercial operations by the United States Federal Aviation Administration in November 1990.
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