Chinese carriers introduced 424 aircraft—407 passenger aircraft and 17 freighters—in 2017, expanding their total fleet to 3,261 aircraft (3,118 passenger aircraft and 143 freighters) at year-end. As of Dec. 31, 2017, China’s three largest carriers by fleet size were: China Southern Airlines, which operated 545 aircraft and took delivery of 50; China Eastern, which operated 487 aircraft and introduced 54; and Air China, which operated 387 aircraft and introduced ...

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