Japan Airlines took delivery a new 747-400 freighter last month, but that did little to quench the carrier's thirst for more all-cargo capacity.
Before the new freighter was even up in the air, the carrier announced a deal with Boeing for three converted 747-400 freighters and options for four more.
The new production freighter was the first of two 747-400 freighters slated to be delivered to JAL this year. Those aircraft will bump up the carrier's 747 freighter fleet to 12, putting JAL into a kind of freighter race with fast-growing fellow Asian carriers.
With 77 passenger 747s in service, JAL officials decided they could afford to convert at least …