AMR Corp.’s American Airlines will order at least seven additional 777 jetliners, worth as much as $1 billion, from Boeing Co. as the airline adds routes to Asia.
The latest purchase will double the number of 777s American has ordered from Boeing. It already is scheduled to receive seven of the planes beginning in 1999.
AMR spokesman John Hotard declined to comment on the specifics of the order or whether American intended to speed up delivery of the planes by buying production slots that may have been vacated by other airlines.
Boeing officials weren’t immediately available for comment.
The new planes will be added to a $6 billion order for 103 aircraft American placed with Boeing in late 1996.