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Xiamen Airlines orders 40 Boeing 737-800s for $4.4 billion

Published on Aug 4, 2012 10:31 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - United States (US) planemaker Boeing said on Friday that Xiamen Airlines, a unit of China Southern Airlines, had agreed to purchase 40 next-generation 737-800s - an order valued at US$3.5 billion (S$4.37 billion) at list prices.

The deal requires Chinese regulatory approval, Boeing said in a statement, adding that it would work with Xiamen Airlines to push through the deal.

Boeing said the airline planned to use the new aircraft for "more international routes to meet growing passenger traffic in Asia-Pacific and China." Xiamen Airlines, which is due to join the Skyteam alliance by the end of the year, operates an all-Boeing fleet of six 757s and 77 next-generation 737s.

"The carrier plans to grow its operational fleet to 200 airplanes by the end of year 2020," Boeing said.

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