China's Zhejiang Loong Airlines said Sunday it was confirming the purchase of 20 A320 passenger planes, whose list price is $1.9 billion, from European aircraft company Airbus.

The purchase of 11 A320 current engine option (ceo) and nine other aircraft of the newer model from the same family marks the first purchase by the Hangzhou-based carrier from the EADS unit.

Zhejiang Loong Airlines plans to use the planes to cover routes serving destinations up to four hours from Hangzhou.

The announcement is a follow-up to an agreement reached at the Beijing Air Show in September, the airline said in a statement. EFE