||BEIJING -- Four Chinese airlines have agreed to buy a total of 42 of Boeing's 787 Dreamliners in a deal worth about $6 billion, the BBC reported Monday.
Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines will begin taking delivery of the 217-seat jets in 2008.
The 787 is designed to be more efficient than other long-haul jets and competes with Airbus' A380 super-jumbo aircraft, a plane that is designed to seat as many as 500 passengers.
The deal with the four Chinese airlines is worth about $6 billion, at the 787's list price.
Earlier this year, the U.S. aerospace company sold 60 planes to six Chinese carriers for $7.2 billion.