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Airline eyes buying 19 Boeing jets

CHINA’S Hainan Airlines, which has poured billions of dollars into overseas acquisitions, announced plans yesterday to buy 19 Boeing aircraft for US$4.2 billion to help meet skyrocketing travel demand by Chinese consumers.

The company said in a statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange that it would buy 13 Boeing 787-9 passenger jets and six 737-8 planes, citing the continued “rapid growth” in China’s travel market as incomes rise.

It plans to issue 15 billion yuan (US$2.2 billion) in bonds to help fund the deal.

Chinese airlines have seen booming business in recent years, rushing to expand their fleets and route networks amid growth that the International Air Transport Association predicts will take China past the US to become the world’s largest air-travel market by 2024.

Hainan Airlines and its parent HNA Group have been among the most acquisitive players in a wave of overseas investments by Chinese companies in recent years.


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