Boeing is poised to land an order for 30 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from Hainan Airlines as China’s carriers gird for a travel boom.

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Boeing is poised to land an order for 30 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from Hainan Airlines as China’s carriers gird for a travel boom.

The deal would bolster sales of Boeing’s marquee jet, which has netted only one order in 2015, according to Boeing’s website. While the 30-jet order has a list price of $7.7 billion, airlines get large discounts on big orders so the real price is likely around $4 billion, according to data from aircraft valuation firm Avitas.

Hainan, based on China’s island province, would expand its Dreamliner fleet from the current nine jets with the transaction, which was disclosed in a statement posted on the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The airline said it will take delivery of the first of the larger 787s by 2021.

“We don’t comment on conversations with our customers,” Doug Alder, a Boeing spokesman, said in an email.

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China’s carriers are expected to buy more planes from Boeing and Airbus to keep pace with demand for travel from a burgeoning middle class. The country is on pace to surpass North America as the biggest air-travel market within the next two decades, according to Boeing’s market forecast.

The Asia-Pacific region already is a substantial market for large jetliners, accounting for 50 percent of global deliveries, Noah Poponak, a New York-based analyst with Goldman Sachs & Co., said in a Feb. 23 report.

If confirmed, the Hainan order would be the biggest Dreamliner transaction logged by Boeing since 2013, when it formally unveiled the 787-10, the largest of three planned models.

Boeing has 467 orders for the -8, the smallest Dreamliner, 466 total -9 sales and 139 orders for the -10, according to the company’s website.