Nov 22, 2011
Positioning to take advantage of the soaring demand for air travel in both the Asia Pacific region, the fastest-growing market for the airline industry, and China, one of the single strongest air travel regions in the world, Hong Kong Airlines, a division of China’s giant HNA Group, says it will acquire 51 new aircraft over the next four years, as part of a major expansion of its operations on international and Chinese domestic routes.
From 2012 until 2015, the Hong Kong Airlines group will acquire 30 wide-bodied Airbus and Boeing jets for long haul operations and 21 narrow-bodied Airbus A320s for short haul routes. The majority of the new wide-bodies will be A330-200, with 20 due for delivery in the next four years, as well as six Boeing 787s and up to four Airbus A380s.
Among the destinations it is considering for future expansion is Australia.
Together with its sister carrier, Hong Kong Express (UO), Hong Kong Airlines (HX) currently operates a fleet of 18 aircraft – eight wide-bodied Airbus A330-200s and 10 narrow bodied Boeing 737s – to 23 destinations in China, north and southeast Asia and Moscow.