AVIATION: Jets: U.S. Orders

American Airlines, biggest U.S. domestic line, last week signed up in the jet race. It ordered 30 Boeing 707s costing $135 million. National Airlines (New York to Miami) also committed itself to buy jets. It ordered six DC-8s from Douglas for $36 million. American will start receiving its 575-m.p.h. (up to 125 passenger) planes in March 1959, two months before any other domestic line gets any jets, and plans to be the first to put them into operation between New York and Los Angeles. Target date: June15, 1959.


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