Turkish Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus to acquire 20 A350-900 aircraft, with the option to acquire an additional five aircraft.
Signed at the Élysée Palace in Paris, in the presence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and French President Emmanuel Macron, the agreement extends the already long-standing partnership between Turkey and Airbus that dates back for almost 20 years.
M. İlker Aycı, chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines, commented: “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 goodwill 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."
Designed to serve as a new range of mid-size, wide-body, and long-haul aircraft, the A350 XWB features an aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, as well as fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines.
As a result of the new technologies, the A350 XWB boasts a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions, as well as lower maintenance costs.