P.M. BRIEFING : ANA Shops for 30 New Planes

From Times Wire Services

All Nippon Airways said today it plans to purchase about 30 medium-sized aircraft worth about $3.3 billion, starting around 1995.

"An expert commission will be inaugurated Wednesday to select the aircraft to be purchased" within four months, said a spokesman for the airline.

Among the aircraft to be reviewed will be the Boeing 777 under joint development by the Seattle-based aircraft maker and Japanese heavy industry companies, McDonnell-Douglas' MD11 and the A330/A340 of Airbus Industries of Europe, said the official, who declined to be identified.

ANA, Japan's top domestic airline, is expanding into international routes, and expansion of its fleet is aimed at meeting growing demand for air traffic in the mid-1990s, the official added.

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