Xiamen Air discusses order for 30 Boeing 737 MAXs

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HONG KONG — Xiamen Airlines, China's only all-Boeing carrier, is in talks about ordering 30 737 MAX planes as it expands domestic and international services, an airline official said. Negotiations are at an early stage and the carrier could instead opt for Airbus SAS A320neo aircraft, said the official, who asked not to be identified. The order would be worth as much as $3.2 billion at list prices. Carriers typically get discounts.

Xiamen Air, a unit of China Southern Airlines, agreed to order 40 737-800s this month as rising Chinese wages spur travel in the world's most populous nation.