Turkish Airlines confirms planned large order

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 14, 2018

Turkish Airlines is ramping up its fleet of widebody aircraft with the carrier announcing it has placed firm orders for up to 60 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A350-900s.

Turkish Airlines today announced on the PDP that, in order to insure the need for wide body aircraft, the Incorporation has made a decision to purchase 50 firm and 10 optional aircraft, a total of 60 wide body aircraft, of which 6 to be delivered in 2019, 14 in 2020, 10 in 2021, 12 in 2022, 11 in 2023 and 7 in the year 2024.

Turkish Airlines chief executive Ilker Ayci said that the announcement came after agreements signed during recent visits to France and the United States - the homes of Airbus and Boeing - by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The first six aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2019, with a further 14 in 2020, 10 in 2021, 12 in 2022, 11 in 2023 and seven in 2024.

The airline flies to over 300 destinations - 252 global and 49 domestic - worldwide with its fleet of more than 330 passenger and cargo aircraft.

The government plans to open the new airport by Istanbul's Black Sea coast on 29 October, hoping to make it a global hub that can compete with Dubai for transfer traffic.

During January-February, the total number of passengers carried by the flag carrier climbed 31 percent over the same period previous year to reach 10.8 million, said the statement.

And the airline is targeting a total 74 million passengers in 2018 and wants to expand its fleet from 329 at present to 424 planes by 2023.

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