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After the merger, it may maintain 77% of all airliners

It's not the orders for 185 new McDonnell Douglas Corp. planes that will keep Boeing Co.'s commercial aircraft business hopping if the merger of the two aerospace companies is completed. Compared with Boeing's 1,418-plane backlog, the McDonnell orders don't amount to much. No, what will keep Boeing busy is the prospect of providing auxiliary services to 7,000 Boeing and 2,900 McDonnell Douglas planes worldwide. Boeing could soon find itself providing services--possibly including maintenance--for 77% of all commercial airliners.

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