China Eastern Airlines is to acquire 15 Airbus A330s which will be delivered during 2017-18.
The airline disclosed the purchase agreement in a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange.
China Eastern has not indicated an engine selection for the aircraft although its current A330-200s and -300s are fitted with Rolls-Royce Trent 700s.
The carrier values the agreement at $3.6 billion at catalogue prices but says that Airbus has granted concessions that make the actual price “significantly lower”.
Seven aircraft will be handed over in 2017 and the remaining eight in 2018.
China’s state aviation supply company recently opted to take up to 75 A330s, but it is unclear whether the agreement is linked to the China Eastern deal