Beijing - The China Southern Air Holding expects to receive 309 new aircraft over the next three years. Nearly the half is expected to arrive in 2018.

The group which owns the largest Chinese airline, China Southern Airlines based at Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport, and the subsidiaries Xiamen Airlines, Zhuhai Airlines, Guizhou Airlines, Chongqing Airlines, and Hebei Airlines, unveiled plans to expand its fleet by 2020 in its annual report.

The company will receive 115 new aircraft this year including 39 A320 and A320neo family aircraft, five A330-300, 61 Boeing 737-800 and MAX 8 as well as ten 787-9 Dreamliner. China Southern Air Holding will withdraw 29 planes from the service and will reach 840 aircraft at the end of the year.

In 2019, the SkyTeam alliance carrier China Southern and its sister airlines will receive a total of 105 aircraft (45 single-aisle, seven 787-9, and five 777-300ER) from Boeing. Airbus will deliver 42 single-aisle aircraft and five A350-900s. With the retirement of 29 aircraft, the Chinese group will end 2019 with a fleet of 929 aircraft.

Finally in 2020 China Southern Group will provide its airlines with 89 aircraft including 24 A320neo, six A350-900, 51 737 MAX, five 787-9 and three 777-300ER. The group will end the year with 979 aircraft by removing 26 aircraft from the fleet.