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WORLD AIRWAYS TO RECEIVE FIRST MCDONNELL DOUGLAS TRIJET

 LONG BEACH, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) has delivered its first MD-11 to International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), the aircraft leasing company based in Beverly Hills, Calif.
 ILFC has leased the long-range, wide-bodied trijet to World Airways, which will become the 15th airline to operate the MD-11.
 World plans to fly 11 of the McDonnell Douglas MD-11s in varying configurations of passenger, all-freighter and convertible freighter models. The first aircraft is an all-passenger version with seating for 409 travelers.
 World, based at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, is an all-charter airline, flying U.S. domestic and international routes to all continents.
 World plans to fly four MD-11s in an all-passenger arrangement, one as a freighter and six as convertible freighters. The MD-11 is also offered in a combi version, with space for passengers and cargo on the aircraft's main deck.
 MD-11s have been in service with airlines since December 1990.
 T. Coleman Andrews III, president and chief executive officer of WorldCorp, parent of World Airways, said, "With the MD-11, we are modernizing our fleet of long-range aircraft with a new, yet proven, airplane.
 "The airline recession, low interest rates and the creativity of ILFC, McDonnell Douglas and Pratt & Whitney combined to give us the substantial economic and technological benefits of new Pratt-powered MD-11s at very attractive costs," he said.
 The delivery to ILFC brings to 81 the number of MD-11s now with customers. The MD-11 fleet has flown more than 160 million miles, carrying nearly 8 million passengers.
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 /CONTACT: John Thom of Douglas Aircraft Co., 310-593-9223/
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