Turkish Airlines signs deal for 25 Airbus A350-900s

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Turkish Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to acquire 25 Airbus A350-900s with the option for five more.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ mid-size wide-body long-haul aircraft featuring the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

Airbus says the technology translates into improved operational efficiency with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.

Turkish Airlines chairman of the board and the executive committee, Ilker Ayci says: “This significant order will continue to enable our flag carrier to further compete, expand and reach new short and long-range destinations nonstop from our hubs in Istanbul, and Ankara.”

Airbus chief commercial officer, Eric Schulz says: “We are extremely proud at Airbus to count Turkish Airlines as a new A350 operator, the world’s most modern and efficient widebody aircraft. This order strengthens and expands the long-lasting partnership between Airbus, Turkish Airlines and Turkey overall.”