China Southern Airlines intends to expand orders for Boeing and Airbus
Almost 200 single-aisle Boeing and Airbus aircraft are expected to be added by China Southern Airlines over the course of three years.
The aircraft delivery and disposal plan published by China Southern on March 27, 2023, and first reported by Bloomberg, provided further information about the airline’s plans.
The whole order will reportedly consist of 111 Airbus A320 series aircraft and 103 Boeing 737 aircraft.
According to reports, deliveries will comprise 96 Airbus A320neo valued at $12.2 billion that were part of a previous arrangement signed in July 2022.
Only in January 2023 would Boeing 737 MAX flights resume after the fleet had been grounded for three years due to the deaths of 346 people in two crashes.
The inaugural trip was made by a China Southern Airlines Boeing 737 MAX on January 13, 2023, from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) to Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO).
Since then, a number of airlines have emulated China Southern Airlines, including Air China, Lucky Air, Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Hainan Airlines, and its subsidiary, Fuzhou Airlines.
There are now seven airlines operating 25 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in China, all of which are model -8s.
Although China was the first nation to ground the Boeing 737 MAX, the plane’s return was not at all publicized.