Hong Kong Airlines and subsidiary Hong Kong Express in the next four years will receive almost three times as many aircraft as they now operate, including 21 of 30 Airbus A320s ordered in 2007 but not yet delivered. The remaining new aircraft will be 30 widebodies.

The HNA Group company says that next year it will receive 14 aircraft: six Airbus A330s and eight A320s. In 2013, a further 18 aircraft will arrive: eight A330s, eight A320s and two A380s.

On the current schedule, deliveries will then slow to 11 in 2014 (six A330s, three A320s and two Boeing 787s), and eight in 2015 (two A380s, two A320s and four 787s).

The company does not say what it will do with its 10 leased Boeing 737s, which make up the majority of its 18-aircraft fleet and that of Hong Kong Express. The other eight are Airbus A330-200s.

Hong Kong Airlines also has ordered 15 Airbus A350s. In March, it said it would buy 32 Boeing 787s and six 777 freighters. Not all of the aircraft that it has ordered necessarily will be added to its own fleet or that of Hong Kong Express. The company might, for example, lease aircraft to other members of the HNA Group, a Hainan provincial government company that has grown out of the fourth-largest Chinese mainland carrier, Hainan Airlines.