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JAL finalises order for freighters

Hong Kong: Japan Airlines (JAL) has finalised the airline's first order for two Boeing 747-400 freighters. Delivery is planned for 2004. They join JAL's already extensive 747 fleet, which numbers 81 747s of various models - more than any other carrier.