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Turkish Airlines continue aircraft buying spree with Boeing 777 order

Boeing has today confirmed that Turkish Airlines has commitment to order 15 777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft for delivery over the next five years.

When finalised, the agreement is said to be worth $4.7 billion at list prices, the agreement also includes options for five additional 777-300ER jets. Three of the aircraft will be delivered in 2014, followed by seven in 2015, five in 2016 and five in 2017.

Earlier this month Turkish Airlines also signed an agreement with Airbus for 15 A330-300 aircraft, their seventh order for the A330 family of aircraft and their twentieth Airbus order overall. Their currently have 12 A330 airliners in their fleet.

“The efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal of our in-service A330’s make them a cornerstone of the Turkish Airlines medium and long haul operations” said Dr Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines.

“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.”

“Airbus and Turkish Airlines have a long history of partnership, and we are proud to be celebrating our twentieth order together,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers

“The efficiency, reliability and comfort provided by the A330 continues to delight customers and passengers worldwide and will do so for many years to come.”

The Airbus deliveries should be completed by 2016.

The carrier is also considering other new aircraft for its fleet from both Airbus and Boeing. These include either 737 MAX or A320neo to replace their narrow body aircraft along with 747-8 and A380 aircraft for future replacements for long haul aircraft.



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