Wed, Jun 02, 2004
China Eastern Mulls Contract
In a country expected to be the world's second-biggest
commercial aviation market within 20 years, both Boeing and Airbus
are working hard to make inroads. Initially, neither airplane
manufacturer appears to have the upper hand.
China Eastern Airlines is reportedly close to signing with
Airbus for ten A330s, while Boeing has hinted for weeks that it's
working on a major deal in China as well. China Eastern says it
will probably have an announcement on the purchase of new aircraft
sometime close to its June 18th annual meeting.
Both China Eastern and Airbus are playing it cool for the
"It's public information that we are speaking to them (China
Eastern)" about potential aircraft sales, an Airbus spokeswoman in
Paris told Reuters.
"Ordering aircraft is a very sensitive thing," said China
Eastern spokesman Luo Zhuping.
But China Eastern has also reportedly been very interested in
the Boeing 7E7. Recently, Boeing so far hasn't made any comment on
a possible deal.
However, in April, Boeing 7E7 Senior Vice President Mike Bair
hinted that the 7E7 was fast becoming a big hit in Asia. "I think
we'll see something happening in China in the relatively near
term," he said.
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