The contract was signed during a visit by Chinese Prime Minster Li Keqiang to France.
Cheap fuel will make the industry's average net profit margin almost double to 4% from last year's 2.2%.
They secured EU antitrust approval for their profit-sharing pact after offering limited help to rivals.
Expansion plan may spur U.S. airlines to accuse it of competing unfairly through state subsidies.
Delta tries to make it even more convenient for Chinese travelers to fly with it.
Lufthansa pilots plan third day of striking on Friday, potentially disrupting thousands of passengers.
Workers in dispute with Germany's national airline over retirement benefits set for walkout on Wednesday.
A successful test flight and a hopeful new debt offering on the same day as a negative rating outlook from Fitch.
Hitachi's $2.2 billion expansion abroad will cut Finmeccanica's debt by 600 million euros.
The Japanese airbag maker will be fined $14,000 per day while it does not comply with U.S. requests.
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