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China Eastern Airlines orders 70 Airbus aircraft

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China Eastern Airlines ordered 70 Airbus A320neo aircraft. It is the first order by a Chinese airline for the plane.

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The $6.37 billion deal will also help boost the competitiveness of the China Eastern, one of the country's top three airlines, by increasing its capacity by about 13 percent, the carrier said in a stock exchange filing. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered from 2018 to 2020 and will be used to service short and medium routes, China Eastern said.

China Eastern also said it signed a separate deal with Airbus to sell back seven used A300-600 jets.

Airbus, which expects China to overtake the United States as the world's largest domestic market by 2032, has invested heavily in the country. It manufactures the existing variants of the A320 at a factory in Tianjin.

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