Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for two additional Airbus A330-300 passenger aircraft and optioned three more, to help effect the carrier’s continued growth plans.
The additional order takes Turkish Airlines’ total firm purchases for Airbus A330-family widebodies to 35 aircraft.
Turkish Airlines placed its first order with Airbus in 1984, and today operate 104 Airbus jets.
The new aircraft will be deployed on medium and long haul routes from Turkish Airlines’ main hub at Istanbul Atatürk International Airport.
“As one of the fastest-growing airlines, our strategy of growth needs to be fully supported by efficient, reliable and profitable aircraft,” says Dr. Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines. “This new order for A330s reinforces our commitment to a family of aircraft which already helps us to achieve our ambitious expansion plans, in a profitable and sustainable manner.”
“In response to the continuing strong demand, we’re making the A330 better and better, with new higher-weight variants to offer more payload-range capability while keeping reliability at top level,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers.
All Airbus aircraft types share cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers. This brings operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings, according to Airbus.
The 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. More than 900 A330s are now flying with close to 100 operators worldwide. The A330 fleet averages a dispatch reliability figure well above 99 per cent, according to Airbus.