Turkish Airlines has placed an order for 15 new Airbus A330 aircraft, which are set for delivery between 2014 and 2016.
The new aircraft will add to the existing 17 A330s the airline currently has in its 187-strong fleet. The A330 aircraft each offer between 250 to 300 seats.
“The efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal of our in-service A330s make them a cornerstone of the Turkish Airlines medium and long haul operations,” said Temel Kotil, chief executive of Turkish Airlines. “The new order will allow us to continue our strategy of growth and fleet renewal.”
The new aircraft will be operated on medium- and long-haul routes from Turkish Airlines' hub in Istanbul (see our article on Middle Eastern hubs here and "Transit Targets" in Business Traveller Asia Pacific October issue). The airline is unable to reveal what new destinations are being considered for these new aircraft, but its plans to make Turkey's largest city a transit point are clear, with the bulk of its traffic being flights on the Asia–Europe–Africa corridor.
Turkish Airlines has been expanding significantly recently. It added 21 new routes to its network during 2011 and purchased 31 new aircraft, as well as saw its highest ever increase in capacity.
During 2012, it launched services to Azerbaijan, Scotland, Denmark, Ivory Coast, Mongolia, The Maldives, Spain and Germany, among others. In April 2013, it plans to start flights to Houston (see story here).
For more information, visit www.turkishairlines.com