Air China group to add 56 new aircraft in 2013

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Air China Ltd will be inducting 56 new aircraft into its airlines' fleets this year.

These will mainly be narrowbody aircraft - including 19 Airbus A320 family jets and 25 Boeing 737s - as well as seven A330s and five 777s, the group says in its 2012 financial report.

Last year, the group took delivery of 53 aircraft including the A320, A330, 737 and 777-300ER. Some of these replaced the 24 aircraft that were retired.

In 2014 and 2015, the group is scheduled to induct 61 and 45 aircraft respectively into its fleet. In 2015, flag carrier Air China is also due to take delivery of its first 787.

The subsidiaries under Air China Ltd include Air China Cargo, Air Macau, Shenzhen Airlines, Dalian Airlines and Beijing Airlines.

As of December 2012, Air China had a fleet of 301 aircraft with an average age of 6.65 years.