Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for 10 Airbus A321-200ss and three A330-200F freighter aircraft to meet its passenger- and cargo-market growth plans.

Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for 10 Airbus A321-200ss and three A330-200F freighter aircraft to meet its passenger- and cargo-market growth plans.

The airline has a further 27 aircraft on order with Airbus from contracts placed in 2009 and 2010.


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

“To achieve our ambitious expansion plans in a sustainable and profitable manner, we require a reliable and efficient fleet,” says Dr Temel Kotil, CEO 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.”

Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national airline, operates a mix of Airbus models, from the single-aisle A319, A320 and A321 to the widebody A330 and A340. This photograph shows one of Turkish Airlines' A320s

Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings.

Airbus has sold more than 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.