Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines will take delivery of six Boeing 777-300ERs and 20 737-800NGs in 2016.
“Our fleet now stands at over 310 aircraft and is growing,” Turkish Airlines chief investment and technology officer Ahmet Bolat said in a statement.
Turkish Airlines’ and Boeing’s long history goes back to 1945, with the arrival of the airline’s first DC-3/C-47 airliners. The Star Alliance member entered the jet age in the late 1960s, when it began operating DC-9, DC-10 and Boeing 707s. The carrier has also flown Boeing 727s, 757s and MD-80s.
“In total, the carrier will add “30-plus aircraft” to its fleet this year [including several Airbus aircraft],” Turkish president and CEO Temel Kotil told ATW recently, adding the carrier plans to add fewer new destinations, but will increase frequencies on existing routes. Turkish Airlines is targeting about 72 million passengers [in 2016, up from 61.2 million the year before].
Turkish Technic, 100% subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, is a maintenance center for Boeing 737 with certifications from regulatory authorities throughout the region and beyond.
“At the end of 2016, [Turkish Airlines’ fleet will comprise] 240 narrowbodies, 87 widebodies and 12 cargo aircraft for total of 339 aircraft,” Turkish SVP-media relations Yahya Ustun told ATW recently.