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has reportedly notched another aircraft order, this time from

China Southern Airlines


The Chinese carrier said it has signed a deal to purchase 45 Boeing 737s, including a dozen 737-700s and 33 737-800s, according to media reports. The deal still requires approval from China Southern's shareholders. At average list prices, the deal would be valued at $2.82 billion.

A U.S. spokesman for China Southern could not be reached. A Boeing spokesman confirmed the company had been in talks with China Southern on a 737 sale, but said some formalities remained before Boeing could confirm definite orders from the airline.

China Southern has been ordering planes from both Boeing and its rival


, a joint venture of the

European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co.


BAE Systems

. China Southern is among the Chinese carriers that ordered a total of 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in January. That same month, it also ordered five A380 Airbus superjumbos.

China Southern's latest purchase follows Tuesday's announcement Boeing is selling six 737-700 planes to

General Electric's


aircraft leasing arm. At list prices, the planes have a total value of roughly $330 million.

General Electric will lease the planes, along with six previously ordered 737-700s, to Sky Europe, a low-cost discount airline based in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Boeing shares were off 31 cents to $60.48.