Turkish Airlines has finalized a firm order for 25 Boeing 787-9 aircraft, plus five options.

The Istanbul-based carrier originally agreed to buy 40 787-9s in an LOI signed in September 2017, but reduced the number to 25 last week.

Turkish Airlines chairman M. İlker Aycı said the 787 will “significantly raise our passengers’ satisfaction and play an important role in our plans for our new hub, the new Istanbul airport. This will accelerate the steady rise of our country’s flag carrier and support the growth of Turkish civil aviation.”

Slated to open in the second half of 2018, “Istanbul New Airport” will eventually be the world’s busiest airport handling 150 million passengers annually by 2030, Turkish Airlines has said.

Linda Blachly linda.blachly@informa.com