MIAMI — Hong Kong Airlines confirmed on Thursday an order for nine Airbus A330-300, valued at US$2.3 billion at list prices.

The airline said the new A330-300 aircraft purchased from Airbus would be used across its network linking Hong Kong with a wide range of destinations in Asia, and beyond. To date, Hong Kong Airlines serves 30 destinations in Asia Pacific, and will launch flights to Auckland, New Zealand in November.

“Today’s announcement underscores our plan to operate an extensive regional network in Asia,” said Zhang Kui, president of Hong Kong Airlines.

The order comes as China is expected to add more than 5,400 new airplanes over the next 20 years, Airbus said in its most recent Global Market Forecast.

Hong Kong Airlines was established in 2006, and currently operates an all-Airbus fleet comprising of 11 A320s and 22 A330s including 5 A330-200 Freighters. By the end of 2018, its fleet size will reach over 50 with the delivery of the first of 15 A350-900s ordered at the 2010 Farnborough Airshow.

The Airbus A350-900s will fuel Hong Kong Airlines’ expansion plans to North America.

Besides the firm orders for the A330-300s and A350-900s, the airline has also orders for two A320s and six Boeing 777 freighters.