Turkish Airlines announces its big deal, A giant purchase decision of 117 aircrafts
Turkish Airlines, a Star Alliance member, forges ahead on being unrivalled in Europe with adding 117 Airbus airplanes to its fleet
Doha, 20 March 2013: Being the fastest growing carrier of the world, Turkish Airlines has become one of the biggest airline companies in the aviation industry. New aircrafts are announced to be joining our fleet.
The most rapidly expanding airline company, Turkish Airlines is continuing to increase its share in the global aviation market and as the airline’s Board of Directors announced 117 airplanes will be joined to the existing fleet. According to the decision of the Board Directors today, 25 A321, 4 A320 NEO, 53 A321 NEO and options for 35 additional A321 NEO will be delivered by 2015.
With the deal of these new aircrafts, the fleet number of Turkish Airlines will reach to 375 in total, including cargo airplanes. And the average fleet age will decrease to 5 from it’s current figure 6.6, by the end of 2020.
QUALITIES of AIRCRAFTS
Corrosion-resistant material is used in these fuel-efficient aircraft bodies. The aircrafts possess the latest technology. They also have such kind of opportunities as easy maintenance and low operating costs. A significant cost advantage is provided with the preference of narrow-body A321 Family which includes the most efficient aircrafts as per seat. Addition to this, more flight destinations can be easily achieved with the range advantage of A321 NEO.
NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT AND SEAT CAPACITY
The existing aircraft number of Turkish Airlines is currently consisted of 211 airplanes which will increase to 235 by the end of this year.
The 117 ordered aircrafts have 21.644 seat capacity in total and this number will be redoubled to more than twice when currently existing 37.800 seat capacity included in.
NUMBER of PASSENGERS
Turkish Airlines carried 39 million passengers last year, it is expected to reach 46 million passengers by the end of this year and 90 million passengers by the end of 2020. Turkish Airlines had nearly 8 billion dolars amount of turnover in last year and it is aimed over 18 billion dolars amounted turnover by the end of forthcoming seven years.
PERSONNEL in FIGURES
As per today, 15.679 personnel has been serving in various positions as cockpit crew, cabin crew, technicians etc. in Turkish Airlines. Predicted staff number by 2020 will be nearly 29,000 due to the potential staff shortage depending the accession of new aircraft orders to the existing fleet. This approximate number will be consisted about 5.758 pilots, 12.452 cabin personnel, 970 technicians and other 9.765 staff. Important steps are being taken for the essential plannings to meet this need and increase the efficiency.
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About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 207 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 219 cities around the world, comprised of 36 domestic and 183 international destinations. One of the fastest growing airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 and 2012 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner of “Best Airline Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline Southern Europe”. It has also received awards for its catering and holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering” in 2010, and Skyscanner’s “Best On-board Food 2011”. Long haul Business Class passengers also enjoy the Flying Chef service on-board.
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, AviancaTaca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines ,Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. EVA Air have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.