China Eastern Airlines expects to receive government approval soon to allow it to go ahead with a planned acquisition of Airbus A340-500/600s.

According to Flight International's sister on-line service Air Transport Intelligence, industry sources in Hong Kong and Shanghai say the acquisition request is in the final stages of discussion among senior Chinese Government authorities.

Last year, the carrier concluded outline deals with Airbus and International Lease Finance (ILFC), with the deal believed to cover a total of eight A340-500/600s.

Source: Flight International