Air China orders five 747-8 jetliners from Boeing

American aerospace and defence company Boeing and Air China have signed an agreement for the purchase of five 747-8 intercontinental jetliners, making the airline the first Chinese carrier to contract the passenger version of the aircraft.

The agreement requires Chinese government approval, at which time it will be posted to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

Air China will use the aircraft to expand its international routes.