CHINA HAINAN AIRLINES is to buy an additional 19 Fairchild Metro 23 19-seat regional aircraft to meet increased demand for feeder services in China.

The carrier has signed a memorandum of understanding with Fairchild Aircraft. The San Antonio, US-based manufacturer's financial division will help to finance the deal. Delivery of the initial two aircraft is due in December.

China Hainan took delivery of two Metro 23s in 1994.

Source: Flight International