Turkish Airlines still mulling fleet expansion

24 Sep 2014 by Clement Huang

Turkish Airlines (TK) is looking to further increase its fleet with orders for new Airbus and Boeing aircraft to support its global expansion plans.

However, as reported by Reuters, TK has not yet decided on which aircraft to purchase and in what quantity.

Speaking at the Istat Europe conference, Levent Konukcu, senior vice-president of investment management at TK told media his airline was still considering a number of models, including Boeing 777X, Boeing 787, Airbus A350, and the A380 superjumbo.

Interestingly, Konukcu did not mention the Boeing 747-8 in this context – an aircraft analysts had believed would fit TK’s needs.

"[Fleet expansion and new aircraft orders are] under discussion at high levels in the board now at Turkish Airlines. All these aircraft (options) are on the table; we will see,” said Konukcu.

A potential A380 order could prove a significant reprieve for Airbus, considering the manufacturer has failed to attract a new customer for its flagship in over two years.

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