Turkish Airlines has made an announcement about the expansion for its fleet of widebody aircrafts. The airline has introduced to bring 30 Airbus A350-900s and 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
The carrier has imposed firm orders for a total of 50 recent widebody jetliners with 10 as optional for both the builders. In total, for each aircraft, there are 25 firm and 5 optional.
The expected delivery date for first six aircrafts is believed to be in 2019 which will further increase to 14 in 2020, 10 in the year 2021, 12 in 2022, 11 in 2023 whereas in 2024, the number would rise to 7. At present, the airline is not sure about which aircraft will take its first delivery.
M IIker Ayci, the chairman of the board as well as the executive committee of Turkish Airlines stated, ‘The goodwill agreements converted into firm orders. According to us, it’s a significant step in order to cater to the requirement of wide body aircraft at the new airport at Istanbul. The new launch will also act as a new hub once it gets constructed.’
The new initiative will also serve the purpose of strengthening and expansion of the fleet for 2023. Furthermore, it will also ensure complete passenger satisfaction which in turn would spurr up the constant growth of Turkish Airlines and will add value to Turkish Civil Aviation.
At present, the airline’s fleet includes A330-300, B777-300ER, A340-300, A330-300, A320-200, A321-200, B737-700, A319-132/100, B737-900ER, B737-700 as well as B747-400F aircraft.
In the last year, the new airport at Istanbul switched on the lights on its first runway much prior its opening that was planned in October 29, this year. Istanbul new Airport is believed to replace the prevalent Ataturk airport of the city.
As per the Airlines Alliance Skyteam, a new lounge will be opened at Istanbul new Airport in October. The new lounge will be approximately double the size of the existing facility at the city’s current airport. To add on, the lounge will be accessible to flyers flying on member airlines Air France, Aeroflot, Tarom, Saudia, MEA and KLM.