- JAL orders three767 freighters, plus threemore passenger aircraft-
TOKYO, June 30: Japan Airlines (JAL) will introduce its first Boeing 767-300 freighters to its all-cargo fleet from 2007. JAL and the Boeing Company today confirmed an order for three freighter versions of the Boeing 767-300ER (Extended Range) plus another three passenger versions of the 767-300ER.
JAL's medium term business plan for the financial year 2005-2007 period, issued in March this year, included the introduction of medium-sized freighter aircraft from 2007 to expand its cargo carrying capability. The JAL all-cargo fleet currently includes 10 747-200F freighters and two 747-400F freighters.
At its maximum payload of 60.5 tons, the 767 freighter has a range of 3,270 nautical miles (6,056 km). When carrying 50 tons the aircraft's range is 4,255 nautical miles (7,880 km).
JAL will use the new 767-300ER freighters mainly on routes in Southeast Asia and China that have shown remarkable growth in air cargo demand and are expected to continue to develop.
The new aircraft will be delivered between 2007 and early 2008. They will be powered by General Electric CF6-80C2 high by-pass engines.
Boeing originally developed the B767 as a passenger aircraft. Including today's orders, JAL's total commitment to the aircraft is 46.
Today, JAL Group airlines serve 208 airports in 35 countries and territories, including 61 airports in Japan. The Group network extends over 227 international passenger routes and 36 international cargo routes. The JAL Group domestic network covers 166 routes (as of April 2005).
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