MD-95-30 becomes 717-200 "Regional Jet"

Date:         09 Jan 98 00:50:43 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
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Boeing announced today that the MD-95-30, launched in October 1995 by
ValuJet (now AirTran Airlines), is being renamed the 717-200.  The
Boeing press release is attached; that and technical details can be
found at the following URLs:

Wonderful!  Now the already confusing story of what happened to the
717 is even more confusing to explain.  (It is, er, was, Boeing's
designation for the KC-135.  I'm pretty sure the KC-135 series were
all 717-1xx models, with several values for xx, so there's still no
ambiguity unless Boeing launches the proposed MD-95-10 as the 717-100.)


SEATTLE, Jan 8, 1998 -- The Boeing Company today introduced and renamed
the newest member of its commercial airplane family -- the Boeing
717-200 twinjet.

"The 717-200 is uniquely qualified to meet the evolving requirements of
the new regional jetliner market," said Ron Woodard, president, Boeing
Commercial Airplane Group. "It's a 100-seat airplane market that demands
comfort, low operating costs and high schedule reliability.  This is the
plane to meet that need."

The 717-200 was first introduced to the world in October 1995 as the
McDonnell Douglas MD-95. AirTran Airlines launched production with an
order for 50 and options for 50 more.

Today's announcement embraces the 717-200 as a strong addition to the
Boeing product line. The twinjet represents the merged company's
commitment to continued production and development of a plane that is
ideally suited to meet worldwide expansion and replacement needs in the
short-haul, high-frequency 100-seat market. The 717-200 meets those
needs by featuring low operating costs, high schedule reliability,
efficient short-runway operations, fast turnaround at airport gates and
the capability of achieving eight to 12 one-hour flights on a daily

Boeing anticipates that the world's airlines will need 2,500 jetliners
of 80-120 seats over the next 20 years.

The first three 717-200s are in final assembly at the Douglas Products
Division of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group in Long Beach, Calif. The
program involves a global team of 14 major supplier-partners. Currently,
900 Boeing employees are developing and building the 717-200.

"We and our supplier-partners are producing a new airplane with the
highest quality at the lowest-possible acquisition cost," Woodard said.

Passengers and flight crews will appreciate the 717-200's all-new
spacious interior, which features illuminated handrails, larger overhead
bins and other amenities.

The 717-200 two-crew flight deck incorporates the industry's most modern
and proven avionics, configured around six liquid-crystal display units
and advanced Honeywell VIA 2000 computer systems similar to those in
other new Boeing jetliners. The flight deck has an electronic instrument
system, a flight-management system and a central-fault display system.
Options available include a Category IIIb autoland capability for bad
weather; Global Positioning System; and Future Air Navigation System.

Two advanced high-bypass-ratio BR715 engines, built by BMW Rolls-Royce,
will power the Boeing 717-200. For the 717-200, this engine is rated at
18,500 pounds of takeoff thrust, with an optional increase up to 21,000
pounds. It provides airlines with lower fuel consumption, reduced
exhaust emissions and significantly lower noise levels than power plants
on comparable airplanes.

With a wingspan of 93.4 feet (28.5 meters) and an overall length of 124
feet (37.8 meters), the 717-200 is similar in size and configuration to
the DC-9 Series 30, its highly successful predecessor in regional
airline service around the world. Basic maximum takeoff weight of the
717-200 will be 114,000 pounds (51,710 kilograms) with an option for a
high-gross-weight version at 121,000 pounds (54,884 kilograms). Nonstop
range will be up to 2,230 statute miles (1,940 nautical miles -- 3,122

The first 717-200 is scheduled to be delivered to AirTran Airlines in
June 1999, after a year-long flight-test program and joint certification
by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Europe's Joint
Airworthiness Authorities.

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