The airline disclosed the purchase agreement in a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange.
The carrier values the agreement at $3.6 billion at catalogue prices but says that Airbus has granted concessions that make the actual price “significantly lower”.
Seven aircraft will be handed over in 2017 and the remaining eight in 2018.
China’s state aviation supply company recently opted to take up to 75 A330s, but it is unclear whether the agreement is linked to the China Eastern deal.
(David Kaminski-Morrow - Flightglobal News)