Air China’s board has approved an order for 20 more Airbus
A330s for delivery from 2011.
The Star Alliance carrier says in a Hong Kong stock exchange
filing that its board approved the signing of a purchase agreement yesterday.
It says deliveries of the twinjets are scheduled to take place between early 2011
“The Airbus aircraft will increase the fleet capacity of the
company in terms of available tonne kilometres per annum by approximately 16.5%
compared with the company’s available tonne kilometres of 2007, and will
principally reinforce Beijing’s position as a transportation hub and increase frequency
of flights, departing originally from Beijing, of a number of key domestic or international
routes,” it says.
The aircraft are believed to be from a bulk order for 40 A330s
signed by the Chinese Government in November. China’s Government typically
orders aircraft through bulk deals on behalf of several of the country’s
carriers, after which final agreements are negotiated by the individual
Air China is an existing A330 operator, with 16 -200s in
service and four more on firm order, according to Flight’s ACAS database.
Air China makes no mention of an engine selection for the new
order. Its existing A330s are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700s.