Turkish Airlines’ long-awaited massive order for new jets may have been sealed with Airbus.
According to Anadolu, the Turkish government’s news agency, representatives of the two companies met to discuss the agreement to acquire 345 aircraft.
The order includes 250 A321neo narrow-body jets, but also a huge order of A350 widebodies.
Turkish intends to acquire 75 A350-900s, in addition to another ten already recently ordered. The deal is also expected to include 15 A350-1000s, the high-capacity variant of the jet, and five A350F freighters.
In addition to Airbus, Rolls Royce also had a meeting on Saturday to discuss the supply of engines and services for the A350 fleet.
Turkish Airlines has been talking about a large plane order for a few months now, amid plans to make it a major global carrier, competing with other airlines based in the Middle East.
To achieve this, the airline has the support of the Turkish government, which intends to transform Istanbul’s new international airport into a hub in the region.
Rumors about the huge aircraft order come days before the opening of the Dubai Airshow, which could be the stage for the official announcement.