China's state-run airline will buy five McDonnell Douglas MD-11 long-range jetliners under an agreement worth $500 million, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

China Eastern Airlines, a subsidiary of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, will receive the first jet, a 349-seat passenger model, in July next year, Xinhua said in a dispatch from New York.The second plane, a cargo jet, will be delivered in December 1990 and the other three passenger aircraft will be delivered in 1992 and 1993.

The official China Daily on Monday quoted CAAC Vice President Xu Zhengle as saying the airline purchased more than 200 airliners for about $3 billion over the past three years and plans to expand significantly over the next few years.