China Southern Airlines has placed an order for 12 787-9 aircraft from Boeing, in a deal valued at $3.2bn at current list prices.
The new order will add to China Southern’s 787 fleet, with the Guangzhou-based carrier operating 10 of the 787-8 variant.
Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled to begin over a three-year period from 2018.
“The 787s have helped us to achieve initial success in implementing our internationalization strategy in the past few years and enabled us to make our operation and services more appealing to passengers,” said Tan Wangeng, CEO of China Southern Airlines.
“The additional new 787-9s will further increase our capacity and services for our long-haul routes.” China Southern currently operates a fleet of more than 700 aircraft, with the figure set to grow to in excess of 1,000 by 2020.