China Eastern Airlines signed firm order late last month for 16 A330s worth CNY17.75 billion ($2.6 billion) at list prices as it plots its international expansion. The Shanghai-based carrier expects to take delivery of the planes between 2011 and 2014 and will pay for them through bank loans. It has received a CNY106 billion credit line. The A330s will be operated mainly on routes to Europe, the US and Australia. CEA MD Ma Xulun has noted that the airline intends to expand its long-haul ...

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