Turkish Airlines is ready to upgrade its fleet carriers by placing firm orders for approximately 60 Airbus A350-900s and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The airline has ordered new widebody aircraft as well as 10 extra aircraft on an optional basis from both the manufacturers. In total, there are 25 firm and 5 optional for every carrier.
The expected delivery date of first six aircraft is 2019 which would further be increased to 14 in 2020. Later in 2021, 10 more carriers would be delivered, 12 in 2022, 11 in the year 2023 and in 2024, the number would get expanded to seven.
Previously, the airline had plans on ordering the aircrafts; however, not on firm basis. M Ilker Ayci, chairman of the board stated, ‘Our goodwill altered our decision to firm orders. For us, it’s a pivotal step to cater to the need of widebody aircraft at the New Airport at Istanbul which would discharge its responsibilities of being a new hub as soon as it gets constructed.’
The upgradation of fleets for 2023 is a great step and it’s entitled to bolster 100th year republic and will satisfy the passengers to an utmost level. The existing fleet of the airline comprises B737-900ER, B777-300ER, A321-200, A330-200, A330-300 and many more.
In the meantime, Airline alliance Skyteam has declared to launch a new lounge at the airport of Istanbul in October. This lounge is expected to be double the size of the existing facility at the Ataturk airport and will facilitate passengers flying on member airlines namely Air France, Aeroflot, MEA, KLM, Tarom as well as Saudia.