Turkish Airlines has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to acquire 20+5 optional A350-900 aircraft.
The agreement was finalised at the the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s official visit to France with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Chairman of the board and executive committee, Turkish Airlines, M. İlker Aycı remarked on the news: “With Turkish Airlines serving more destinations than any other airline around the world, we will be delighted to rely on our new A350 XWB to further develop our major international routes from Turkey.
“With this agreement today, we have signed our good will to carry on and finalise the acquisition with Airbus. Our agreement is a significant step forward in enhancing our passengers’ flight experience. This order is set to play a key role in our growing business in the years to come. As we will be strictly evaluating during the talks to finalise the order, furthermore the increased business volume for the local Turkish supplier industry by Airbus will be a great gain for the sector.”
Turkey has formed an integral part of the Airbus supply chain for almost 20 years, being a partner in all Airbus aircraft programmes, including the prestigious A350 XWB.
The A350 XWB is an all new family of mid-size, wide-body, long-haul airliners that are shaping the future of air travel.
The aircraft features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.