China Eastern Airlines has ordered 50 single-aisle 737 aircraft from Boeing, the Shanghai-based carrier said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange Thursday.

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China Eastern Airlines has ordered 50 single-aisle 737 aircraft from Boeing, the Shanghai-based carrier said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange Thursday.

Each plane has a list price of about $91 million, the company said in the statement. That would make the order worth $4.6 billion, though airlines usually get substantial discounts from list prices. The planes would be delivered between 2017 and 2019.

Last year, China Eastern placed an order for 80 737 jets valued at $7.4 billion.

Chinese carriers are bringing in more orders for Boeing and its European rival Airbus Group as growth in the world’s second-largest economy enables more people to fly. China is poised to become the world’s biggest travel market in under two decades.

 

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