After seven months of anticipation, Turkish Airlines began to fulfill its mega order for aircraft to transform it into a global force in the coming years.
On Friday, December 15, Turkey’s flag carrier and Airbus announced an order for 220 jets, 150 A321neo and 70 A350.
According to the companies, the order for widebodies will include 50 A350-900, 10 A350-1000 and five A350F, the cargo version of the model.
“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,” said Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat.
“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,” added Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International.
Order smaller than expected
Since May, Turkish Airlines has been talking about a mega order, which is also expected to include Boeing aircraft. At the time, Bolat revealed to a group of journalists, including Reuters, that the company planned to receive around 600 jets over the next 10 years.
A month ago, on the eve of the Dubai Air Show, Turkish media revealed that the carrier had met with Airbus and Rolls-Royce to work out the final details of the massive order.
The numbers, however, were larger, including 250 A321neo narrow-body jets and 75 A350 widebodies. One possibility is that Turkish has included future purchase options.
The airline had already ordered a further 14 A350-900s this year and has now reached an impressive backlog of 504 Airbus aircraft, 212 of which have already been delivered.