Shantou Airlines retires 737-300 from fleet

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Chinese carrier Shantou Airlines has retired its last Boeing 737-300 aircraft after 20 years of service.

The aircraft, with registration B-2926, served its last flight on 8 May. The carrier introduced the aircraft type in April 1993 and operated seven aircraft at its peak in 2009.

In its 12th Five-Year Plan, the airline opted to accelerate the retirement of the 737-300s to the first half of 2013. Shantou Airlines adds that it will replace the type with 13 737-800 aircraft, starting September.

Data from Flightglobal Pro shows that Shantou Airlines was established in 1993 as a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines, before it was reabsorbed into the parent company in 2006.