Thu, Oct 07, 2004
Three More 747-400s On The Way
Boeing and Japan Airlines say JAL, the world's largest 747
operator, has ordered three 747-400 Special Freighters with options
on up to four more.
JAL joins other cargo carriers in the region as an operator of
the Boeing 747 Special Freighter, a 747-400 passenger airplane
converted into a cargo airplane. Boeing launched the program
earlier this year.
"Boeing is the leader in developing, integrating and
implementing advanced technologies and innovation in aviation,"
said Yutaka Yoshino, JAL's senior vice president, general manager,
cargo and mail. "The 747 Special Freighter advancements are going
to keep us very competitive and enable us to operate more
efficiently in the marketplace."
JAL is upgrading its cargo fleet with new technological
advancements that provide economic, performance and efficiency
solutions to its cargo operations. Conversion of the first JAL
airplane will begin during December 2005. It will be delivered back
to the airline in May 2006.
Boeing will modify the JAL airplanes at Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft
Engineering (TAECO) in Xiamen, China, a Boeing-approved
For the conversion, the 747-400 passenger airplane receives a
side cargo door, a strengthened main-cabin floor, a full main-deck
lining and provisions for a new cargo handling system with an
upgraded flight deck. The 747-400 Special Freighter has positions
for 30 cargo pallets on the main deck -- comparable volume to that
of a new 747-400 freighter. It is also capable of seating up to 19
people, an option found on no other converted freighter.
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