Turkish Airlines Eyes Boeing Order

Daniel Fowkes
07 Apr 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
Turkish Airlines is eyeing the purchase of up to hundreds of new Boeing aircraft, in addition to a mammoth Airbus contract announced in 2023.

Turkish Airlines is one of the many airlines currently talking with Boeing about finalising a new aircraft order to support its future fleet.

Boeing, under fire following crucial safety and quality issues that have come to light, is hoping to be the sole provider of an upcoming deal that would help propel Turkish Airlines forward.

Interestingly, the Airbus portion of the deal was announced towards the end point of the 2023 calendar year. However, there have been delays in getting the remaining part of the contract formally signed and announced.

As part of the significant commitment with Airbus, up to 345 jets, including up to 70 A350s, were unveiled, which will see it become the eventual largest operator of the series. Commitments were also made for the narrowbody A321neo series, which has stolen the show over recent years thanks to its capabilities.

Notably, the airline wants to acquire several hundred aircraft from the wide and narrowbody categories and use these planes to propel it forward as a global airline.

Reportedly, conversations are still ongoing with Boeing. However, some analysts ultimately believe that a delay in the deal is part of the continued fallout of the door-blow incident, which has presented more questions than answers. Turkish Airlines strongly denies these claims.

A deal for Boeing would likely look to build on its already-existing commitment to aircraft such as the 737 MAX and 787. However, the specifics around the total amount or variants have not been specified nor finalised.

Ultimately, Turkish Airlines will look towards securing the best possible deal for the upcoming contract, from deliveries to the overall price. Typically, discounts are handed down on each aircraft purchase. However, these discounts are never publicly revealed, and they can amount to almost 50%.

Undoubtedly, Turkish Airlines will also want assurances that the aircraft it acquires from Boeing as part of this deal in the works are of the highest quality, especially considering what has occurred and been revealed since 2024 commenced.

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