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JAPAN AIR SYSTEM ORDERS SEVEN BOEING 777s

 SEATTLE, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Japan Air System Co. Ltd. (JAS) today ordered seven 777s, the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group confirmed. Value of the order is more than $820 million in current dollars, including spare parts and training.
 JAS, which had announced its intention to order the wide-body twinjets in March, said engine selection would be made at a later date. First delivery to JAS will be in the third quarter of 1996.
 The 777 provides the greatest payload/range capability and growth potential in its size category to fit Japan Air System's expanding domestic routes. The largest number of passengers in the world are carried on flights between Tokyo and Sapporo, and Tokyo and Fukuoka, both of which are JAS routes.
 Larry Dickenson, Boeing vice president of international sales for the Asia/Pacific region, welcomed this latest customer for the advanced twinjet. "With today's announcement, the 777 furthers its popularity in Asia, with six major airlines having ordered 57 of the new type out of a total of 130 orders," he said. "Boeing is committed to working together with JAS to build an airplane that offers cabin spaciousness and flexibility to accommodate their needs for a medium-sized aircraft -- all with lower operating costs."
 JAS is the 13th customer for the new Boeing twinjet, which will have its first test flight in June 1994 and be delivered to the first customer in May 1995.
 Formerly Toa Domestic Airlines, JAS changed its name in April 1988 to reflect its new status as an international carrier. Now Japan's third-largest airline, it is expanding its domestic network and also operating internationally to Honolulu, Singapore and Seoul.
 Boeing orders of all types for the year total 134 aircraft valued at about $9.34 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Valarie Kusuda-Smick of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-237-8967; or Donna Mikov of Boeing 777 Division, 206-294-6100/
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