All Nippon Airways Buying 20 Boeing 747-400 Jetliners
TOKYO (AP) _ All Nippon Airways said Wednesday it will buy 20 of the new Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets for $3.15 billion.
The contracts will be signed shortly for delivery of four to six of the planes a year from the Seattle-based U.S. aircraft maker between 1992 and 1996, said spokesman Takayuki Shimada.
ANA, Japan’s largest domestic airline, began flying international routes early in 1986.
Under a 1986 contract, it received two B747-200s, with nine others expected to be delivered by 1991.
The B747-400s, which can carry 500 people, will be used on domestic and international routes, Shimada said.
ANA currently has a fleet of 102 aircraft, including 21 Boeing 747s, 11 TriStars, 34 Boeing 767s, 14 Boeing 737s, 11 Japanese YS-11s and six Boeing 727s. It has ordered 20 Airbus A-320s to replace the 737s and 727s on domestic routes after 1990.