Air China reveals plans to buy Boeing 777s and 737s

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Air China has today disclosed plans to acquire 15 Boeing 777s and 30 Boeing 737s from the US manufacturer.

The carrier, in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, says its board of directors has approved a Boeing aircraft purchase agreement covering the 45 aircraft.

Deliveries of the aircraft will begin in early 2011 and run until 2015. It does not specify which 777 and 737 models are covered under the deal.

It says an extraordinary general meeting will be convened to approve the deal.

Air China already operates a large fleet of Boeing 737s – a mix of -300/600/700/800s – and ten 777-200s.

Last month the carrier’s board approved the acquisition of 20 Airbus A330s for delivery from 2011.