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Turkish Airlines outline future look of its fleet

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Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Airport) has outlined its broad fleet plan by type for the next decade. In a recent investor presentation in New York, the carrier said it expects to operate around 800 aircraft in 2033, including the A320, B737, B777/B787, and A350 Families. It is also planning to grow its cargo fleet with new-build as well as converted aircraft.

The carrier aims to have around 300 A320 Family aircraft by 2033, compared to 143 at present (six A319-100s, twelve A320-200s, five A320-200Ns, sixty-six A321-200s, and fifty-four A321-200NX, according to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module). Its B737 Family fleet is also supposed to grow from the current 133 aircraft (eighty-six B737-800s, fifteen B737-900ERs, twenty-seven B737-8s, and five B737-9s) to around 200.

The growth will be mostly through a new, much-awaited but delayed order that could include as many as 400 narrowbodies for growth and replacement. Turkish Airlines currently has forty-seven A321-200NX on order from Airbus.

Around 200 of the carrier’s future narrowbody fleet will be operated through its low-cost carrier subsidiary, AnadoluJet (rebranding as AJet). The unit, which is currently a division of the mainline, will begin independent operations with its own AOC in 2024.

Turkish Airlines also aims to grow its widebody fleet – the new order could include up to 200 aircraft from this segment. In 2033, the airline hopes to have around 150 Boeing jets (B777s and B787s). It currently operates thirty-five B777-300(ER)s and twenty B787-9s, and has a firm order for five more B787-9s. The airline’s A350 fleet will also grow from the current fourteen to around 120. Turkish Airlines has 26 unfulfilled A350-900 orders.

The airline intends to retire all previous-generation aircraft by 2030. This would include, on top of the previous-generation narrowbodies, its thirteen A330-200s and thirty-six A330-300s.

Turkish Airlines hopes to more than double its cargo capacity by 2033, compared to 2023. It said it would target new aircraft orders, including P2F conversions, for its freight division but did not outline any details. The airline’s cargo fleet currently comprises ten A330-200Fs and eight B777-200Fs. Turkish Airlines recently hinted at the harmonisation of its widebody cargo fleet around the B777s.

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SOURCE: https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/132933-turkish-airlines-outlines-future-fleet-makeup-eyes-p2fs

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