Turkish Airlines announces decision to acquire 10 more Airbus A350-900

Country’s flag carrier operates 14 widebodies of the type in addition to 12 aircraft pending delivery

Turkish Airlines announced in a short note to investors that it has decided to order ten more A350-900 widebodies from Airbus.

The aircraft will be delivered between 2025 and 2027, but the carrier did not detail the agreement with the European aircraft manufacturer.

Turkish Airlines currently operates 14 A350s and has 12 orders pending for delivery. The first jet was delivered in October 2020 and since then the aircraft has been used on long-distance flights to various destinations around the world.

“In line with our Incorporation’s growth targets, our Board of Directors decided to purchase a total of 10 A350-900 aircraft from Airbus to be delivered in 2025, 2026 and 2027,” the statement said.

Turkish A350-900s are configured with two classes of service and can carry between 316 and 329 passengers.

Turkish Airlines A350-900 (Tim)

Despite its high capacity and operational efficiency, the Airbus twin engine has a small fleet compared to the 57 A330 (versions -200 and -300), 20 Boeing 787-9 and 35 Boeing 777-300ER.

With the new acquisition, Turkish’s total number of A350s will therefore increase to 36 jets.

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The airline, however, is in the midst of negotiations with Airbus and Boeing for massive orders that could reach 600 aircraft, including purchase options.

Like other initiatives such as Riyadh Air and the renewed Air India, Turkish Airlines also aims to transform itself into a global airline, benefiting from the good location of its hub in Istanbul.


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