Turkish Airlines Orders Five New A330 Aircraft

Turkish Airlines, a Turkey-based airline company, has announced that it has ordered a new batch of aircraft from Airbus, an aircraft manufacturer.

The airline intends to acquire five new A330 passenger aircraft, in addition to the 104 Airbus aircraft that it already has in operation.

The new aircraft will be operated on medium and long haul routes from the airline’s hub in Istanbul, Turkey.

Temel Kotil, the chief executive of Turkish Airlines, said, ‘As one of the fastest growing airlines, our strategy of growth needs to be fully supported by efficient, reliable and profitable aircraft.

This new order for A330s reinforces our commitment to a family of aircraft which already helps us to achieve our ambitious expansion plans, in a profitable and sustainable manner.’

All Airbus aircraft have a unique cockpit and operationally similar characteristics, allowing airlines to utilise the same set of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers that have had previous experience on other Airbus aircraft, for the newest fleets.

John Leahy, the chief operating officer for customers, at Airbus, said, ‘We are very proud to win a repeat order from Turkish Airlines as it shows without doubt a strong endorsement for the A330 unique combination of unbeatable economics, versatility and fuel efficiency. In response to the continuing strong demand, we’re making the A330 better and better, with new higher weight variants to offer more payload-range capability while keeping reliability at top level.’

Currently the airline is offering a four times daily flight schedule from London Heathrow Airport to Istanbul, and once daily flight from London Stansted Airport to Istanbul.

Turkish Airlines Tops Destinations League Table

Turkish Airlines, a Turkey-based airline company, has topped the league table in terms of the number of countries that it serves.

According to the Official Airline Guide, a UK based provider of aviation information and analytics, with the addition of new routes, Turkish Airline is currently flying to 90 countries worldwide, which is more than any other airline.

In 2012, the airline has added around 30 new routes and currently flies to 205 destinations in Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. The company has also added the 200th aircraft to its fleet.

Hamdi Topcu, the chairman of Turkish Airlines, said recently, ‘We intend to become a five-star airline and the leading carrier in our region, home to 1.5 billion people. As a company, we continue to achieve our goals one at a time. We first celebrated the arrival of our 100th aircraft and now we have reached our next goal of 200 aircraft in our fleet. Our next goal, as we continue to expand, is 300.’

Temel Kotil, the airline president and chief executive officer, said, ‘I am more than optimistic that we will reach our goal to become the world’s largest airline network by 2023. We intend to become a five-star airline and the leading carrier in our region, home to 1.5 billion people.’

The airline is currently offering special fares to Istanbul, from Edinburgh, in Scotland, for GBP179 per person, and from Manchester Airport to Middle East destinations including Abu Dhabi, and Dubai for £342 per person.

Established in 1933 the airline is a member of the Star Alliance, and is the winner of awards in the category of Best Airline Europe, Best Premium Economy Seats for its Comfort Class seats, and Best Airline Southern Europe in 2011 and 2012, organised by Skytrax.