Turkish Airlines has confirmed a much-anticipated agreement for new Airbus aircraft, with firm orders for 220 A321s and A350s, and a further 135 options.

Back in May of this year the carrier’s chairman announced at a media event that Turkish Airlines was preparing to place an order for 600 new jets from Airbus or Boeing – for now the order is somewhat smaller than this figure and comprises only Airbus aircraft.

The new order is split across 150 A321s, 50 A350-900s, 15 A350-1000s and five A350F freighter aircraft. It follows smaller orders for four A350-900s in July, and a further ten of the variant in September.

In total Turkish Airlines now has an order book for 504 Airbus aircraft, of which 212 have been delivered.

Commenting on the news Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, chairman of the board and the executive committee for Turkish Airlines, said:

“This landmark order is more than an expansion; it’s a testament to our dedication to innovation, operational excellence, and a sustainable future. The addition of these advanced Airbus aircraft to our fleet will not only enhance our operational capabilities but also significantly contribute to our environmental goals.

“This investment is a crucial milestone in the further evolution of Turkey’s aviation industry. By modernising our fleet with more efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft, we are reinforcing our leading position in global aviation and contributing to the nation’s prominence as an aviation hub.”

In October the carrier outlined expansion plans at its Roadshow presentation, with around 30 future destinations including Glasgow and Newcastle.

Turkish Airlines planning routes to Glasgow and Newcastle

The airline recently launched flights to Detroit, and this week resumed flights to Osaka – there is also speculation that Turkish Airlines is set to finally announce new routes to Australia for March 2024.