Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Turkish Airlines announces big fleet expansion with Airbus order

Turkish Airlines has announced a monumental expansion of its fleet with the acquisition of 355 state-of-the-art Airbus aircraft. 

This significant order comprises 250 of the best-selling A321s and 105 of the highly efficient A350 widebody aircraft, including 60 firm order, 20 purchase right A350-900s, 15 firm order A350-1000s, and 5 firm order and 5 purchase right A350-Freighters.

This strategic acquisition underscores the Turkish flag carrier’s commitment to enhancing its operational efficiency, environmental stewardship, and passenger comfort. 

The incorporation of these next-generation aircraft aligns with the flag carrier’s vision to continue leading the aviation industry while supporting sustainable growth.

In line with this significant fleet expansion, Turkish Airlines, plans to continue to reinforce its status as an airline with one of the world’s most comprehensive flight networks. 

The addition of these Airbus aircraft will further enhance the airline’s ability to connect Türkiye to the farthest corners of the globe, offering its passengers even more destinations and travel options while maintaining the highest standards of service and connectivity that Turkish Airlines is renowned for.

On the new order, Turkish Airlines Chairman Prof Dr. Ahmet Bolat said: “This landmark order is more than an expansion; it’s a testament to our dedication to innovation, operational excellence, and a sustainable future. The addition of these advanced Airbus aircraft to our fleet will not only enhance our operational capabilities but also significantly contribute to our environmental goals.”

“This investment is a crucial milestone in the further evolution of Türkiye’s aviation industry. By modernizing our fleet with more efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft, we are reinforcing our leading position in global aviation and contributing to the nation’s prominence as an aviation hub,” he stated.

Furthermore, this expansion will also have a considerable positive impact on Türkiye’s tourism sector, he added. 

Enhanced flight operations and increased connectivity, thanks to these state-of-the-art aircraft, will attract more international tourists, boosting the tourism economy. 

This will not only showcase Türkiye’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty to a wider audience but also support the overall growth of the country. 

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, said: “This order for the latest generation aircraft is a demonstration of the bold vision by Turkish Airlines. The A350-900, A350-1000, A350F and A321 will all be flagship aircraft in their respective category and efficiency drivers to shape the airline’s future and sustainable expansion, with more range, less fuel, noise and emissions and best cabin in class.”

“The opening into the A350-1000 and the A350F highlights the cross- model value of the A350 family and reinforces our long-lasting partnership with Turkish Airlines and Türkiye’s aviation sector overall and we are proud to accompany Türkiye’s connection to the world with our state-of-the-art aircraft,” he added.

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