Midwest Express to Order Boeing 717-200 Airplanes

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Boeing Company

    SEATTLE, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE:   BA) confirmed
 today that Midwest Express Airlines, recently ranked the No. 1 Domestic
 Airline by the 2001 Zagat Airline Survey, has selected the 717 for its fleet
 modernization program.  Midwest Express has signed a memo of understanding to
 order up to 50 Boeing 717-200 airplanes.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001004/BOEINGLOGO )
     Once a firm contract is signed, it will consist of a firm order for
 20 717 airplanes, with options for an additional 30.  The value of the firm
 order will be $750 million, with deliveries scheduled to begin in February
 2003, continuing into 2006.
     Midwest Express, based in Milwaukee, Wis., initiated revenue service in
 1984 and currently operates a fleet of 34 airplanes in scheduled service,
 including 24 DC-9s and 10 MD-80 aircraft.  In 2000, Midwest Express carried
 2.1 million passengers.  The airline will use the new 717s to expand capacity
 on existing routes, to launch new service to cities not currently served, and
 eventually as replacements for existing DC-9s.  Midwest Express will configure
 its new 717s with 88 seats.
     "The 717 is an excellent fit for us," said Timothy Hoeksema, chairman,
 president and CEO of Midwest Express Airlines.  "It allows us to continue to
 provide the product that has become our hallmark.  Wide two-across leather
 seating is an important component of that product."
     The Boeing 717-200 is the only new 100-passenger short-range jetliner in
 revenue service today and makes effective use of the latest technology,
 resulting in low operating costs.  The 717 produces the lowest noise and
 emissions, offering big-jet passenger comfort and breakthrough simplicity in
 design.  Two advanced Rolls-Royce engines power the 717, making it the
 quietest airplane in its class.
     In comparison to Midwest Express' current fleet of DC-9s, the 717 will
 provide 25 percent better fuel consumption and a similar level of savings in
 maintenance.
     "Boeing is delighted and honored that Midwest Express has the confidence
 to select the 717 for its fleet modernization program," said Seddik Belyamani,
 Boeing executive vice president - Sales.  "The 717 will improve the
 profitability of Midwest Express in the future as the airline expands capacity
 on existing routes and opens new routes.  As other major U.S. carriers see how
 well the 717 airplane works for Midwest, we believe they too will want to add
 the airplane to their fleets.  Working together with Midwest is going to be
 exciting, and we are thrilled by this decision."
     Since taking to the skies in 1984, Midwest Express Airlines has earned its
 reputation for providing "the best care in the air" by offering passengers
 premium service at competitive coach or discounted fares.  The airline is
 known for giving passengers personal attention, two-across, wide leather
 seats, fine food served on china with complimentary wine or champagne, and
 baked-onboard chocolate chip cookies on luncheon flights.
     This unique combination of impeccable, personal service at competitive
 prices has brought recognition to the Milwaukee-based airline.  In March 2001,
 Midwest Express was named the No. 1 Domestic Airline in the prestigious 2001
 Zagat Airline Survey; the airline also ranked No. 1 in the last Zagat survey
 in 1998.  In 2000, Conde Nast Traveler magazine rated Midwest Express as the
 "No. 1 U.S. Airline" for the sixth year in a row, and Travel+Leisure magazine
 named Midwest Express the "Best Domestic Airline" for the third time in four
 years.
     Midwest Express Airlines, which caters mostly to business travelers,
 features primarily nonstop service to major destinations throughout the United
 States.  Astral Aviation, Inc. -- its wholly owned subsidiary -- operates
 Skyway Airlines, The Midwest Express Connection, which offers connections to
 Midwest Express as well as point-to-point service between select markets.
 Together, the airlines fly to 49 cities.
 
 

SOURCE Boeing Company
    SEATTLE, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE:   BA) confirmed
 today that Midwest Express Airlines, recently ranked the No. 1 Domestic
 Airline by the 2001 Zagat Airline Survey, has selected the 717 for its fleet
 modernization program.  Midwest Express has signed a memo of understanding to
 order up to 50 Boeing 717-200 airplanes.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001004/BOEINGLOGO )
     Once a firm contract is signed, it will consist of a firm order for
 20 717 airplanes, with options for an additional 30.  The value of the firm
 order will be $750 million, with deliveries scheduled to begin in February
 2003, continuing into 2006.
     Midwest Express, based in Milwaukee, Wis., initiated revenue service in
 1984 and currently operates a fleet of 34 airplanes in scheduled service,
 including 24 DC-9s and 10 MD-80 aircraft.  In 2000, Midwest Express carried
 2.1 million passengers.  The airline will use the new 717s to expand capacity
 on existing routes, to launch new service to cities not currently served, and
 eventually as replacements for existing DC-9s.  Midwest Express will configure
 its new 717s with 88 seats.
     "The 717 is an excellent fit for us," said Timothy Hoeksema, chairman,
 president and CEO of Midwest Express Airlines.  "It allows us to continue to
 provide the product that has become our hallmark.  Wide two-across leather
 seating is an important component of that product."
     The Boeing 717-200 is the only new 100-passenger short-range jetliner in
 revenue service today and makes effective use of the latest technology,
 resulting in low operating costs.  The 717 produces the lowest noise and
 emissions, offering big-jet passenger comfort and breakthrough simplicity in
 design.  Two advanced Rolls-Royce engines power the 717, making it the
 quietest airplane in its class.
     In comparison to Midwest Express' current fleet of DC-9s, the 717 will
 provide 25 percent better fuel consumption and a similar level of savings in
 maintenance.
     "Boeing is delighted and honored that Midwest Express has the confidence
 to select the 717 for its fleet modernization program," said Seddik Belyamani,
 Boeing executive vice president - Sales.  "The 717 will improve the
 profitability of Midwest Express in the future as the airline expands capacity
 on existing routes and opens new routes.  As other major U.S. carriers see how
 well the 717 airplane works for Midwest, we believe they too will want to add
 the airplane to their fleets.  Working together with Midwest is going to be
 exciting, and we are thrilled by this decision."
     Since taking to the skies in 1984, Midwest Express Airlines has earned its
 reputation for providing "the best care in the air" by offering passengers
 premium service at competitive coach or discounted fares.  The airline is
 known for giving passengers personal attention, two-across, wide leather
 seats, fine food served on china with complimentary wine or champagne, and
 baked-onboard chocolate chip cookies on luncheon flights.
     This unique combination of impeccable, personal service at competitive
 prices has brought recognition to the Milwaukee-based airline.  In March 2001,
 Midwest Express was named the No. 1 Domestic Airline in the prestigious 2001
 Zagat Airline Survey; the airline also ranked No. 1 in the last Zagat survey
 in 1998.  In 2000, Conde Nast Traveler magazine rated Midwest Express as the
 "No. 1 U.S. Airline" for the sixth year in a row, and Travel+Leisure magazine
 named Midwest Express the "Best Domestic Airline" for the third time in four
 years.
     Midwest Express Airlines, which caters mostly to business travelers,
 features primarily nonstop service to major destinations throughout the United
 States.  Astral Aviation, Inc. -- its wholly owned subsidiary -- operates
 Skyway Airlines, The Midwest Express Connection, which offers connections to
 Midwest Express as well as point-to-point service between select markets.
 Together, the airlines fly to 49 cities.
 
 SOURCE  Boeing Company

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