China Eastern Airlines (MU) has agreed to buy 20 Boeing 777-300ERs as the airline expands capacity to meet growing demand in Asia-Pacific and China, according to a Boeing statement. The agreement must be approved by the Chinese government.

"We are delighted that China Eastern has decided to add the 777-300ER to its expanding fleet," Boeing Commercial Airplanes VP sales and marketing-Greater China and Korea Ihssane Mounir said.

In March, Airbus said China was blocking a potential MU deal to purchase A330s in protest of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme carbon tax that was imposed on airlines at the beginning of this year (ATW Daily News, March 8).