Hong Kong's CR Airways Ltd. plans to acquire 30 Boeing 737-800s and 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s CR Airways Ltd. signed a preliminary agreement to acquire 30 Boeing 737-800s and 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners that could be delivered in the next five years, the airline and aircraft maker said Tuesday.

“This move will surely enable CR Airways to develop its air routes and strengthen Hong Kong’s airline industry,” the carrier said in a Chinese-language news release.

The total list price for all the planes was about $3 billion, said Mark Hooper, a Boeing Co. spokesman.

The signed deal was an agreement stating the airline’s intention to acquire the planes, but the carrier did not say whether it would buy or lease the jets.

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CR Airway’s statement said that it planned to introduce the planes into its fleet in the next five years.

The small airline, founded in 2001, flies scheduled and chartered flights to Southeast Asia and mainland China.

Chicago-based Boeing touts the new 787 as a fuel-efficient, long-haul jet with the largest windows in the industry.