Total Order Doubled, Plus One... And With More To Come?
Boeing and Japan Airlines (JAL) announced Monday the airline is
increasing the number of 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighters it has
on order from three to eight, with an additional four options.
JAL first ordered the 747-400 BCF in October 2004, signing up
for three firm modifications and four options. With the latest
announcement, those four options became firm orders -- and
JAL also added one more firm order and four more options.
The value of the order agreement will not be released, Boeing
representatives told Aero-News.
The first JAL 747-400 BCF entered modification at Taikoo
(Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Co. (TAECO) in Xiamen, China, in
December 2005. It will be delivered back to the airline in May.
"Japan Airlines has already demonstrated its commitment to
Boeing’s 747-400 conversion program, and this additional
order is an affirmation of the many benefits this airplane offers,"
said Dan da Silva, vice president of sales and marketing for Boeing
Commercial Aviation Services. "We are thrilled to see such a
valuable customer -- a respected, trend-setting industry player --
recognizing the additional value they can gain by adding to an
already significant order."
As of June 2005, JAL
serves some 206 airports in 34 countries with approximately 270
airplanes, including Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737 models. JAL
ordered 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, four 767-300 Freighters and 30
Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes last year.
Boeing Commercial Aviation Services offers customers reliable
conversion-based engineering and certification expertise. Customers
may choose and incorporate support packages during freighter
conversions, including avionics and flight-deck upgrades,
customized maintenance programs and integration of technical
Monday's agreement brings the total number of 747-400 BCF orders
to 37, with 29 options since the program’s launch in January