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Chinese carrier signs Airbus deal
Airbus A320 operated by Jazeera Airways
The A320 carries about 150 passengers
East Star Airlines, a new Chinese carrier, has signed a deal to buy 10 A320 passenger aircraft from Airbus.

The value of the deal - the latest in a series of transactions Airbus has concluded with airlines in developing markets - was not disclosed.

Airbus has secured a spate of deals recently to sell the 150 seat aircraft to airlines in China, India and Kuwait.

East Star Airlines is due to begin service in May, flying from its Wuhan base to Shenzhen, Nanjing and Haikou.

Rash of deals

The private airline, owned by the China East Star Group, was established in June.

In recent weeks, Airbus has agreed deals to sell A320 aircraft to fledgling Indian airline Kingfisher Airlines, Jazeera Airways of Kuwait and US leasing firm AerCap.

With 3,800 sales to date, Airbus says the A320 family of aircraft is the best-selling single aisle class in service.

Airbus - jointly owned by Franco-German aerospace company EADS and British defence firm BAE Systems - recently announced $14bn (8.2bn) worth of deals at the Dubai air show.

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