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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES TO BUY 12 MORE BOEING JETS

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Southwest Airlines said Wednesday it has agreed to buy 12 more 737-300 jetliners from the Boeing Co.

No sale price was announced, but a 737-300 sells for between $34 million and $40 million.The Dallas-based airline operates a fleet of 163 Boeing planes, all 737s. Six of the new planes would be delivered next year and six in 1996, Southwest said.

The planes are in addition to 47 737-300s Southwest already has on order. Thirteen of those planes are for delivery this year, 12 each in 1995 and 1996, and 10 in 1997, airline spokeswoman Ginger Hardage said.

Southwest also has existing orders for 63 737-700s, the newest 737 model that has not yet rolled off the production line. Those planes are to be delivered in 1997 through 2001.