Turkish Airlines has placed an order for 15 A330-300s, the carrier’s seventh order for the A330 family and its 20th Airbus order overall.
The 15 new Airbus A330-300 widebodies will be operated on medium- and long-haul routes from Turkish Airlines’ hub at Istanbul Atatürk International Airport.
Turkish Airlines placed its first order with Airbus in 1984, and now operates 101 Airbus aircraft, including 17 A330-family widebodies. The carrier operates three A330 versions: the A330-200 passenger jet; the A330-200 Freighter; and the A330-300 passenger widebody.
Fast-growing Turkish Airlines also has 10 Airbus A321 single-aisle jets on order, to add to 31 already in service.
“The efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal of our in-service A330s make them a cornerstone of the Turkish Airlines medium- and long-haul operations,” says Dr. Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines, which is a member of Star Alliance. “The new order will allow us to continue our strategy of growth and fleet renewal with an aircraft we know to be both reliable and profitable.”
According to Airbus, its commercial aircraft families share a unique degree of cockpit and operational commonality. This allows airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings, accordingt to the manufacturer.
The Airbus A330 family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted orders for more than 1,200 aircraft and around 900 A330s are flying with some 90 operators worldwide. The family is achieving average dispatch reliability above 99 per cent, according to Airbus.