The order highlights Turkish Airline’s exceptional growth through the previous twenty years.
Turkish Airways pulled the set off on its long-anticipated plane order, choosing 220 Airbus planes. The order might attain as many as 345 planes if all buy rights are in the end exercised. It contains each widebody A350s for abroad routes, and narrowbody A32neos for shorter-haul journeys.
On two separate events earlier this yr, Turkish introduced orders for 14 A350-900s, planes that compete roughly in the identical dimension class as Boeing’s 787-9. The brand new order contains a further 50 A350-900s, with buy rights for an additional 20.
As well as, Turkish will take 15 A350-1000s, that are bigger than the -900s. It added 5 (or 10 with buy rights) A350 freighters. The A321 order, in the meantime, includes 150 agency items, with buy rights for an additional 100.
“The addition of those superior Airbus plane to our fleet won’t solely improve our operational capabilities but in addition considerably contribute to our environmental objectives,” stated Turkish Airways chairman Ahmet Bolat.
Turkish Airways’ Fleet
In a November firm presentation to buyers, Turkish stated it at the moment operates 435 planes, which embody Boeing 737s, 777s, and 787s, and Airbus A320/321s, A330s, and A350s. That’s up from about 350 whole plane earlier than the pandemic, and a mere 98 on the eve of the 2008-09 world monetary disaster. Among the newly-ordered Airbus planes will likely be for development, others for changing older plane as they’re retired.
Boeing hoped to land extra orders from Turkish. In accordance with Cirium Fleets Analyzer, the airline has 31 737 Maxes and 11 787s nonetheless to be delivered. Solar Specific, a Turkish-Lufthansa three way partnership airline, has one other 32 Maxes on order. Turkish has not, to Boeing’s disappointment, ordered any 777Xs to this point. The 777X is the biggest airplane Boeing at the moment sells.
This yr by November, Turkish famous in a latest launch, passenger site visitors was up 17% from the yr prior. A few of that development displays the reopening of markets that had been closed through the pandemic, notably in Asia.
However it additionally highlights the airline’s exceptional growth through the previous twenty years, underpinned by Istanbul’s favorable geography, Turkey’s massive vacationer sector, and the airline’s unit price benefits versus European rivals. It’s additionally rising a low-cost provider that it owns, just lately rebranded as AJet. And it operates a fast-growing cargo airline.
Ten years from now, Turkish goals to have a fleet of greater than 800 planes, servicing greater than 100 million passengers a yr.