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Turkish Airlines orders 13 planes from Airbus

Turkish Airlines orders 13 planes from Airbus

Turkish Airlines has confirmed it will purchase ten Airbus A321s and three A330-200F freighter aircraft as it seeks to expand its international operations.

In total the airline – which was last year recognised by the World Travel Awards as offering Europe’s Leading Airline Business Class – has 40 aircraft on order with the manufacturer following deals in 2009 and 2010.

“To achieve our ambitious expansion plans in a sustainable and profitable manner, we require a reliable and efficient fleet,” said Temel Kotil, chief executive of Turkish Airlines. 

“Our positive experience with our in service A320 fleet and the outstanding flexibility and efficiency demonstrated by our A330-200F since it entered service last year made these repeat orders the logical choice for our growth.”

The new aircraft will join Turkish Airlines’ existing fleet of 75 Airbus aircraft, including four A310 freighters, 50 A320 Family aircraft, 11 A330s, one A330-200F and nine A340s.

“Airbus offers the most modern and eco-efficient aircraft available on the market, and our unique operational commonality allows our customers to achieve maximum productivity from their fleets,” said John Leahy Airbus chief operating officer, customers.

“We are delighted that Turkish Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Europe, has again chosen Airbus as a partner for their growth.”

Airbus has sold over 10,000 aircraft and delivered over 6,500 since its first airliner entered service in 1974.

Airbus aircraft are in service with more than 430 customers and operators around the world.