In response to growing air traffic demand (both leisure and business) in Mainland China, Dragonair, has announced plans to acquire six more aircraft this year. The additions will be four narrow-body Airbus A320s and two wide-body, twin-engine Airbus A330s, taking the size of its fleet to 38. The airline also said that it would “speed up product upgrades, including new aircraft seats, in-flight entertainment equipment and broadband connectivity.”
In regards to extra routes, the airline said that it would resume flights to Chinese cities Guilin and Xian, as well as Taichung in Taiwan, by the second quarter of 2012. These services were suspended in 2009 due to the economic downturn and difficult business environment of the time. In a sign of confidence in the region's business environment the airline also said that “it is looking into the possibility of adding two to three more new destinations in mainland China and within the region later in the year”. More concrete details are yet to be announced.
In light of its expansion plans, Dragonair said that it will also look to strengthening its workforce in 2012 and intends to recruit over 500 staff.