I wanted to know:
1. How many 744Fs do they have on order (and options)?
2. Are the freighters directly purchased from Boeing or leased?
3. What routes will they use the aircraft on?
4. What is JAL Cargo's current fleet size?
This will answer three of your four questions, and is from JAL's web site:
"JAL currently owns 10 freighters (all B747F's), and will increase this to 13 by the end of FY2006 (5 B744F's and 8 B747F's) in order to expand transport capacity and accurately meet the growing demand for air transport."
I wonder which two classics they're planning to retire. I'm curious because they currently operate two of the oldest 747's in the world, which were originally delivered to Pan Am as part of the 747 launch order (originally passenger aircraft). I have a feeling those are the ones being retired, and it will be a shame to see them go.
As for question 3, check it out:
The 747-400F routes are marked as 74Y for the aircraft.
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