China's Shandong Airlines plans to add 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to its fleet this year.

Details are scant, but the carrier has committed to the aircraft - some of which it will buy and others it will lease, says an airline official.

Shandong will fund the transactions through its own finances and bank loans, he adds.

The carrier has already received one of the 10 aircraft, and the remaining jets will progressively be introduced this year.

Last year, Shandong also added nine 737-800s to its fleet to meet rising passenger numbers.

Most of the aircraft it will receive this year will be used on domestic routes to capture rising passenger traffic, says the official, adding that there are no plans to add widebody aircraft to its fleet yet.

The carrier is also planning to set up its fourth base in Chongqing, central China, where it will base at least 10 aircraft.

Shandong, listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, operates a fleet of 56 737s, five Bombardier CRJ200s and two CRJ700s.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news