Istanbul - Turkish flag carrier Turkish Airlines confirms 30 A350-900 (25 firm order, five options) and 30 Dreamliner 787-9 (25 firm order, five options). Deliveries will start in 2019.
In a statement released on February 9, Star Alliance member said it would include 60 new aircraft in its widebody fleet in the next six years. The airline confirmed 50 firm and ten optional widebody aircraft order from two manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing.
Turkish Airlines will receive its A350-900s and 787-9s over the years by the end of 2024, 6 in 2019, 14 in 2020, 10 in 2021, 12 in 2022, 11 in 2023 and seven in 2024.
The company had initially revealed its purpose to order 40, 787s during Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to New York in September 2017. At the beginning of this year, the airline also expressed its desire of taking 25 A350s, with five options, during the visit of Erdogan to Paris to meet French president Emmanuel Macron.
The carrier currently has 34 Boeing 777-300ER, 53 Airbus A330 (16 A332 and 37 A333) and 4 Airbus A340-300 in its widebody fleet. If the options for 10, 787 and A350 are exercised, Turkish Airlines will increase its long-haul capacity by over 35 percent in 2024.
Turkish Airlines serves 47 domestic destinations and 226 international destinations from 118 countries, more than any other airline. The airline is set to transfer operations from Atatürk Airport to Istanbul ’s third airport on the 29th October 2018, which is currently under construction and will be the world's largest Airport with a 150 million annual passenger capacity after completing its final expansion stage.