Consortium of Chinese airlines is negotiating an approximately $5 billion purchase of at least 70 new A320s. The deal includes Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines and is expected to be signed during Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to France this week, Reuters reported. The Chinese government ordered 70 737s on behalf of its airlines during meetings with US government officials last week (ATWOnline, Nov. 22).

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