Turkish Airlines to buy 117 planes from Airbus
Istanbul, April 18, 2013
Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of the country, has signed the biggest deal of Turkish civil aviation history which includes the purchase of 117 aircraft from Airbus.
According to the deal, 25 A321, four A320 NEO, 53 A321 NEO and options for 35 additional A321 NEO will be delivered by 2015.
With the deal of these new aircrafts, the fleet number of Turkish Airlines will reach to 375 in total, including cargo airplanes. And the average fleet age will decrease to five from its current figure 6.6, by the end of 2020.
“Turkish Airlines which has reinforced its position and energy with the significant investments and growth figures, continues its expansion,” said Hamdi Topçu, Turkish Airlines’ board chairman.
“Deciding on the aircrafts to be added to our fleet and giving an order accordingly was one of the important milestones of our growth targets. We took these important decisions recently and announced the largest aircraft order in Turkish Civil Aviation history.
“Today, we are signing an agreement with Airbus which will enable Turkish Airlines to reach its aims for the year 2023, the centenary of the foundation of our Republic. This agreement constitutes a giant step for Turkish Airlines on the way to become the biggest airlines of the Europe.”
“I am very glad to be here in Turkey to sign the biggest order of Turkish Civil Aviation history. This new A320/A321 NEO order of Turkish Airlines is proving one more time the success of our aircraft is beating the records since the first day of its production,” said Fabrice Bregier, president and CEO of Airbus. – TradeArabia News Service