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ANA Orders 767-300 Passenger-Freighter Conversion to Build Up Cargo Fleet - Becomes Launch Customer of the 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter Program.

Tokyo, Japan, Oct 31, 2005 - (JCN Newswire) - The ANA Board of Directors today decided that ANA would become the launch customer of the 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) program. Firm orders for three passenger to freighter conversion aircraft were placed with the manufacturer, with options for four more.

The freighters will be delivered between December 2007 and October 2008, and used principally on short and medium-haul intra-Asian routes, as well as for late night domestic cargo flights.

"It is our intention to make cargo one of ANA's three main businesses, alongside international and domestic passenger services," said ANA President and CEO Mineo Yamamoto. "The Boeing conversion program gives us the flexibility to address our growing need for freighter aircraft in a timely and efficient manner - making best use of ANA's existing resources - as we forge ahead with our plans to create a new cargo airline and renew our fleet."

"We are very pleased that ANA has chosen the 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter and will be our first customer for this important new addition to our freighter family," said Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter is a wonderful solution for ANA's operation in the dynamic Asian cargo market."

The converted 767-300ER freighter will have almost the same capacity as the production model in terms of payload, range and maximum takeoff weight. The prototype conversion will take around nine months to complete, with follow-on conversions taking less time, and at a fraction of the US$150 million list price of a brand new 767-300F Freighter. The conversion option allows ANA to make use of its existing 767-300ER aircraft beyond retirement from passenger operations, as freighter aircraft typically have a longer life-cycle than passenger aircraft of the same type.

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