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United Airlines and FedEx Donate Plane to Create a New Flying Eye Hospital
Date:4/7/2008

ent. "In helping ORBIS, FedEx is able to leverage our core aviation competencies to deliver the gift of sight worldwide."

In 2006, FedEx renewed its sponsorship of the ORBIS DC-10, a sponsorship that has made it possible for ORBIS to operate the current Flying Eye Hospital at nominal expense.

After a comprehensive review of the Flying Eye Hospital's navigation and engineering systems, ORBIS determined it had to replace its aging DC-10 as replacement parts are becoming more difficult and expensive to obtain. This decision allows ORBIS to remain operating in a more efficient and cost effective fashion for years to come.

Converted plane to be third-generation of ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital

A DC-10 Series 30 freighter will be donated to ORBIS. This aircraft is about 10 years younger than ORBIS's current aircraft, a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-10 built in 1970, and has a flying life of at least 20 years. The new ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital will be more efficient providing greater range, lower operating costs and better reliability.

A team, consisting of medical personnel, architects and engineers, has been assembled to determine the design and architectural modification necessary to convert the freighter into a state-of-the-art ophthalmic medical facility. The conversion of the plane is expected to take two years to complete.

About United Airlines

United Airlines operates more than 3,300 flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 897 destinations in 160 countries worldwide. For more information about United, visit u
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