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Airline group confirms order cut

CHINA'S Hainan Airlines Group (HNA) confirmed yesterday that it halved its order of ERJ-145 jets from the Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Company to 25 planes.

Zheng Yang, an official with HNA responsible for Grand China Express, HNA's core business, said shrinking demand had caused the cut.

He said Harbin Embraer had agreed to the order change. Harbin Embraer, a joint venture among Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA (Embraer), Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co and Hafei Aviation Industry Co had delivered 12 jets to HNA as of April 30.

It would deliver the rest by 2011, instead of 2010, Zheng said. HNA is China's fourth-largest carrier.


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