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China Southern Group to take 309 aircraft through to 2020

The China Southern Airlines Group is currently scheduled to take delivery of 309 aircraft over the next three years, with nearly half of those set to arrive this year.

Over 2018 the carrier will take delivery of 115 aircraft, comprising 61 Boeing 737-800s, 39 Airbus A320 family jets, 10 787-9s and five A330-300s. It will also retire 29 aircraft, thus ending the year with an estimated 840 aircraft - up from 2017’s 754.

Next year will see the addition of 105 aircraft – 45 737-800s, 42 A320 family jets, seven 787-9s, six A350-900s and five 777-300ERs. It will end the year with 916 aircraft, after 29 retirements.

The year 2020 will meanwhile see 89 additions, again with 737-800s forming the bulk of deliveries at 51, followed by 24 A320 family aircraft, six A350-900s, five 787-9s and three 777-300ERs. With 26 planned retirements, it will end the year with 979 aircraft.

China Southern is the largest airline group in China by fleet size. Besides China Southern, the group also has stakes in a list of carriers including Xiamen Airlines, Shantou Airlines, Zhuhai Airlines, Guizhou Airlines, Chongqing Airlines and Hebei Airlines.

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