Turkish Airlines Closes Airbus and Boeing Orders

Turkish Airlines carries over 5M passengers in February

Turkish Airlines carries over 5M passengers in February

Also last September, during President Erdoğan's visit to NY to join the United Nations General Assembly, Boeing and Turkish Airlines had announced a commitment to order 787-9 Dreamliners.

The company said in a statement late Friday that it had agreed to buy 25 Boeing B787-9 aircraft, known as the Dreamliner, and 25 Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

The total number of passengers carried by Turkish Airlines rose by 26 percent, reaching 5.1 million passengers in February compared to the same month past year, the flag carrier said Monday.

In total, the carrier has placed firm orders for 50 new widebody aircraft with an additional 10 as optional from both manufacturers, comprising 25 firm and five optional of each aircraft.

It said six would be delivered in 2019, 14 in 2020, 10 in 2021, 12 in 2022, 11 in 2023 and seven in the year 2024.

Commenting on the closed orders M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines said the following; "Today, we're pleased to conclude this process which will bring a landmark benefit not only to Turkish Airlines, but also to Turkey's aviation, by firmly ordering these aircrafts to be added to our ever-expanding fleet".

The government plans to open the new airport by Istanbul's Black Sea coast on 29 October, hoping to make it a global hub that can compete with Dubai for transfer traffic.

And the airline is targeting a total 74 million passengers in 2018 and wants to expand its fleet from 329 at present to 424 planes by 2023.