Amadeusz Juskowiak

Amr amr to acquire 40 longrange jet aircraft

AMR Corps American Airlines said it will buy 40 longrange jet aircraft to support international expansion including routes in the Caribbean

Under one agreement the airline said it will acquire 15 Boeing Co BA 767300 planes Under a separate agreement American will acquire A300600 aircraft from Airbus Industrie a European consortium

The companys announcement included no value for the order

Published reports put the value of the aircraft order including engines at 25 billion dlrs

A total of 98 General Electric Co GE CF680C2 engines is involved in the orders American Airlines said

The published reports valued the engines at five mln dlrs each

The company said it will acquire the planes and engines using rental leases that can be terminated on relatively short notice

The arrangement allows the airline to acquire the planes without adding to its debt it explained

The Boeing 767s to be delivered from February 1988 to October 1988 will be used on routes between the US and Europe American said

It said the Airbus A300s scheduled for delivery from April 1988 through June 1989 will be assigned to the Caribbean where American has developed a major new hub at San Juan Puerto Rico

Reuter