Istanbul, Turkey - Turkish Airlines delayed the deliveries of two Airbus A321neo into 2020 that were being expected this year.
The Turkish flag carrier was set to take delivery of 15 Airbus A321neos by year-end. During the presentation of the company's half-year results, the airline announced that this number was reduced to thirteen.
The company did not indicate a specific reason for this change. After this revision, the operator's 2020 backlog for the A321neo has risen from 22 to 24.
According to the company forecast, Turkish Airlines plans to end this year with 239 single-aisle aircraft. The 24 737 MAX jets that are already planned for delivery in 2019 are not excluded from this forecast.
According to the figures revealed by the company, Turkish Airlines recorded a net loss of $203 million in the first half of the year.
As of 2019, The national carrier flies to 304 destinations in 122 countries, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, making it the largest carrier in the world by the number of destinations served.
The Turkish operator is also the only airline to carry out the most non-stop destinations from a single airport.
In terms of fleet size, the Turkish operator is the 9th largest airline in the world with 350 aircraft.