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AUSTRALIAN AIRLINES ORDERS 50TH BOEING JETLINER

 SEATTLE, Nov. 18 ~PRNewswire~ -- Three more Boeing 737-400s have been added to Australian Airlines' announced order list, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group confirmed today.
 The airline announced yesterday that it had firmed up two valued at about $70 million. These are the 50th and 51st Boeing jetliners to be purchased by Australian since it ordered its first Boeing, a 727-100 trijet, 30 years ago.
 In addition, a third 737-400 firmed up some time ago but not previously announced, was also added to the list today, Boeing said. This airplane is also valued at about $35 million.
 "Our decision to commit to these additional aircraft reflects our confidence in the future of the domestic travel market," said John Schaap, chief executive, Australian Airlines. "It also reflects our satisfaction with the 737 aircraft, which is very cost-effective and very popular with our passengers. By flying both the (smaller) 737-300 and the 737-400, we are able to mix and match aircraft according to demand."
 Australian's 737-300s are configured to carry 116 passengers. The slightly longer -400 models seat 139. The airline has 29 Boeing 737s already in service. A 30th twinjet is being delivered next month.
 Australian Airlines was acquired by Qantas Airways Ltd. two months ago. The merged government carrier is in the process of being privatized.
 The Boeing 737-400 was first delivered in 1988. Today, Boeing has unfilled announced orders for about 650 Boeing 737s (all models).
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