HONG KONG Jan 30 Air China Ltd sent out a request for proposals last week for aircraft financing of at least $1.0 billion, sources said.
One source said the deal size could be roughly $1.8 billion.
The borrower did not indicate any specific terms, but sources said the tenor could be 10-12 years.
Funds are for several aircraft, one source said.
Air China last tapped the loan market in February 2012 for a $540 million 12-year club deal for four Boeing B777-300ERs. Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubushi UFJ and HSBC were mandated lead arrangers on that deal, which was guaranteed by Export-Import Bank of the United States.
Prior to that, Air China got a $35.431 million club loan with a tenor of 11 years and nine months from BTMU and Commerzbank Hong Kong in 2011 for one Airbus A330 and a US$252.09 million 12-year club from BTMU and HSBC in 2010.
The borrower, one of China's top three airlines, operates a fleet of more than 432 aircraft serving 282 domestic and international routes.