China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement for 20 Airbus A350- 900s in a deal valued at some US$6 billion. China Southern, which intends to use the Rolls-Royce-powered airliners on international routes, is one of the largest customers for Airbus, currently operating over 300 of its aircraft. China Southern has announced an ambitious plan to expand its fleet to 1,000 aircraft by 2020, up from the current level of 700. This order brings total A350 sales to 845 aircraft to 45 customers. Meanwhile, South Korea’s Asiana Airlines became the latest A350 operator when it took delivery of its first A350-900 at Toulouse on April 27. This aircraft, in a 311- seat three-class configuration, is one of 30 A350s the airline ordered in 2008. A further three A350-900s will be delivered to Asiana this year. Asiana started international operations with the type in May.