Hong Kong Airlines is the undisclosed customer that signed orders for 15 Boeing 747-8I passenger jets. The deal was announced by Boeing during the Paris air show as one of two orders from undisclosed clients.

Although neither Boeing nor Hong Kong Airlines will confirm the deal, sources told Flightglobal that the carrier, which is owned by HNA Group of China, is the identity of the customer.

"I cannot confirm that with you right now," Yang Jian Hong, president of Hong Kong Airlines told Flightglobal.

The airline's Hong Kong-based spokeswoman said she cannot confirm if the airline has ordered the aircraft and that she is still awaiting information from Hainan.

Hong Kong Airlines is also expected to announce orders for Airbus A380s at the show.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news