Boeing to Modify Three Additional MD-11 Passenger Airplanes to Freighters For FedEx Express; Aeronavali to Perform Work

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Boeing Company

    SEATTLE, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE:   BA) announced
 today it has signed a contract with FedEx Express to modify three additional
 MD-11 passenger airplanes to freighters.  Aeronavali, a Finmeccanica company
 coordinated by Alenia Aerospazio in Italy, will perform the modifications.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001004/BOEINGLOGO )
     This order brings the total number of MD-11 conversions that Boeing will
 perform for FedEx Express to 41 firm and 47 options.  Of the 41 firm orders,
 Boeing has completed 11 modifications for FedEx.  A final decision has not
 been made on where the remaining airplanes will be converted.
     Aeronavali has been selected to modify 10 MD-11s to freighters and already
 has delivered three of the modified freighters.  Boeing expects Aeronavali
 will complete the modification for the additional three MD-11 freighters in
 the third and fourth quarters of 2001.  Aeronavali is a member of
 Boeing Airplane Services' international network of modification and
 engineering facilities.
     "We are thrilled that FedEx continues to turn to Boeing Airplane Services
 to modify its MD-11 passenger airplanes to freighters," said Bob Avery,
 president of Boeing Airplane Services.  "Aeronavali is a premier modification
 center and has been an excellent alliance member on the MD-11 conversion
 program."
     An MD-11 Freighter can carry approximately 190,000 pounds (86,168 kg) of
 revenue payload with a range of 3,800 nautical miles (7,038 km).
     Passenger-to-freighter modification involves primarily the removal of the
 passenger furnishings, installation of a side cargo door and installation of a
 cargo handling system.  Modification typically takes about 90 to 120 days to
 complete.
     With average revenues of around $200 million, Aeronavali employs
 approximately 1,700 people at its Venice, Naples and Brindisi facilities in
 Italy.  For more than 50 years, the company has performed maintenance and
 modification work on military and commercial aircraft, including the
 DC-8, DC-10, MD-11, 727, 707, A300, ATR, Atlantic, G222, C130 and
 NATO E-3A "AWACS."
     Boeing Airplane Services provides a full range of total service solutions
 for the world's passenger and cargo airlines.  Offerings include engineering
 retrofit packages, avionics upgrades, in-flight entertainment systems
 integration, cabin management solutions, passenger-to-freighter conversions,
 recovery and repair services, and performance improvements for Boeing
 commercial airplanes.  Boeing Airplane Services is a unit of the
 Boeing Commercial Aviation Services organization and, as part of
 The Boeing Company, has access to all the experience and technical
 capabilities of the world's largest aerospace company.  More than
 11,500 Boeing airplanes are in operation today around the world.
 
 

SOURCE The Boeing Company
    SEATTLE, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE:   BA) announced
 today it has signed a contract with FedEx Express to modify three additional
 MD-11 passenger airplanes to freighters.  Aeronavali, a Finmeccanica company
 coordinated by Alenia Aerospazio in Italy, will perform the modifications.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001004/BOEINGLOGO )
     This order brings the total number of MD-11 conversions that Boeing will
 perform for FedEx Express to 41 firm and 47 options.  Of the 41 firm orders,
 Boeing has completed 11 modifications for FedEx.  A final decision has not
 been made on where the remaining airplanes will be converted.
     Aeronavali has been selected to modify 10 MD-11s to freighters and already
 has delivered three of the modified freighters.  Boeing expects Aeronavali
 will complete the modification for the additional three MD-11 freighters in
 the third and fourth quarters of 2001.  Aeronavali is a member of
 Boeing Airplane Services' international network of modification and
 engineering facilities.
     "We are thrilled that FedEx continues to turn to Boeing Airplane Services
 to modify its MD-11 passenger airplanes to freighters," said Bob Avery,
 president of Boeing Airplane Services.  "Aeronavali is a premier modification
 center and has been an excellent alliance member on the MD-11 conversion
 program."
     An MD-11 Freighter can carry approximately 190,000 pounds (86,168 kg) of
 revenue payload with a range of 3,800 nautical miles (7,038 km).
     Passenger-to-freighter modification involves primarily the removal of the
 passenger furnishings, installation of a side cargo door and installation of a
 cargo handling system.  Modification typically takes about 90 to 120 days to
 complete.
     With average revenues of around $200 million, Aeronavali employs
 approximately 1,700 people at its Venice, Naples and Brindisi facilities in
 Italy.  For more than 50 years, the company has performed maintenance and
 modification work on military and commercial aircraft, including the
 DC-8, DC-10, MD-11, 727, 707, A300, ATR, Atlantic, G222, C130 and
 NATO E-3A "AWACS."
     Boeing Airplane Services provides a full range of total service solutions
 for the world's passenger and cargo airlines.  Offerings include engineering
 retrofit packages, avionics upgrades, in-flight entertainment systems
 integration, cabin management solutions, passenger-to-freighter conversions,
 recovery and repair services, and performance improvements for Boeing
 commercial airplanes.  Boeing Airplane Services is a unit of the
 Boeing Commercial Aviation Services organization and, as part of
 The Boeing Company, has access to all the experience and technical
 capabilities of the world's largest aerospace company.  More than
 11,500 Boeing airplanes are in operation today around the world.
 
 SOURCE  The Boeing Company

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