China Airlines expects to order more than 20 Airbus SE or Boeing Co narrow-body aircraft to replace Boeing 737-800s by the end of 2017, China Airlines President Hsieh Su-Chien said in an interview with Reuters on October 24, 2017.

According to Hsieh Su-Chien, new aircraft order includes the Airbus A320neo and A321neo and the Boeing 737 MAX 8, 9 and 10 models. The first deliveries should begin in 2021 or 2022.

“(We will order) more than 20 unless we see the market is going to die,” China Airlines’ President told Reuters. “I think we will expand.”

In 2008, China Airlines firmed up an order for 14 Airbus A350-900 aircraft. In 2012, the carrier confirmed an order for 6 Boeing 777-300ER and a lease agreement with Irish–American commercial aviation financing and leasing company GECAS for 4 more of the type. Deliveries of the Boeing 777-300ER started in 2014 and were completed in 2016. The first Airbus A350-900 was delivered in 2016. In July 2017, Airbus delivered its 100th A350 to China Airlines.