China Eastern to dispose of five A340s

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Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines plans to dispose of five Airbus A340-600 aircraft from its fleet as it places an order for 20 Boeing 777-300ERs.

The disposal is subject to approval at a general meeting of the airline, says the SkyTeam carrier in an announcement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange today.

Boeing announced today that China Eastern has agreed to purchase the 777-200ERs to expand its capacity to meet growing demand in Asia-Pacific and China. The order must be approved by the Chinese government before it is added to Boeing's backlog.

Flightglobal's ACAS database shows that China Eastern's five A340-600s were built in 2003 and 2004. The airline also operates four A340-300s and has one -300 in storage.