Turkish Airlines has received its 300th aircraft, an A330-300.
Speaking at a ceremony at Atatürk International Airport in the new hangar of Turkish Technic Inc..
Turkish Airlines’ Board Chairman, M. Ilker Ayci said although the airline was established in 1933, in recent years its fleet expansion has increased.
“Turkish Airlines received its 100th aircraft in August 2006, 73 years after its establishment. Nearly seven years later, in March 2013, its fleet reached 200 aircraft. With 300 aircraft in our fleet today, we are the world’s 13th largest airline in terms of fleet size, and with 39 new aircraft to be added by the end of this year, Turkish Airlines will be even more prominent at the international level with its young fleet.”
Douglas Anderson, Senior Sales Director of Airbus commented: “Ten years ago Turkish Airlines was operating with only 7 wide-body aircraft and today they have more than 70. We are honored to be a partner in their growth and look forward to be a part of their growing fleet in the coming years.”
Powered by CF6-80E1 engines, the A330-300 is the first aircraft to be equipped with galleys from TCI –Turkish Cabin Interiors- and economy class seats from TSI –Turkish Seat Industries- all manufactured in Turkey. The new aircraft will be deployed on existing medium and long-haul routes from the Turkish Airlines Istanbul hub, adding more capacity to enhance the airline’s growth strategy.
Airbus has a long-standing relationship with Turkish Airlines dating back to 1984 when it added the first A310. Today the carrier operates 159 Airbus aircraft including 53 A330 variants.
Turkish Airlines flies to 284 destinations worldwide -235 international and 49 domestic.