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Jal Orders Five Boeing 777-300 Jets

Japan Airlines will order five 777-300 jetliners in a deal valued at about $800 million, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group said Wednesday.

The 777-300 is a stretched version of the twin-engine 777, Boeing’s newest model. JAL previously ordered 10 of the basic 777-200 model, and has options for 10 more of those planes.

Tokyo-based JAL intends to operate the 777-300s on its major domestic routes, such as Tokyo to Fukuoka, Boeing said.

The 777-300 will be 242 feet, 4 inches long - 33 feet longer than the 200 model. That will allow JAL to increase passenger capacity to between 480 and 520 passengers in two classes.