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Turkish Airlines orders Boeing 777s

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2012 at 7:28 am |
October 22, 2012 7:33 am

Turkish Airlines announced today it has ordered 15 Boeing 777-300ER twin-engine jetliners and taken options on five more.

At list prices, the long-range aircraft are worth $6.3 billion.

Turkish 777
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER

The new aircraft will supplement the 12 777s Turkish already has in its fleet. Three of the planes will be delivered in 2014, seven in 2015, five in 2016 and five in 2017.

Turkish has been evenhanded with its orders between the two big aerospace companies, Boeing and Airbus. Earlier this month, the airline announced orders for 15 Airbus A330-300s.

The airline has announced it is also studying whether to order the Airbus A380 or the Boeing 747-8I in the superjumbo aircraft category.

Turkish is also shopping for new single-aisle planes to update its shorter range fleet. Both Boeing’s 737 Max and Airbus’s A320neo are under consideration.

The airline’s fleet now is divided among Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The airlines lists 12 Boeing 777s and 59 737s in its inventory. On the Airbus side of the ledger, Turkish has 21 A330s, seven A340s and 75 jets from the Airbus A320 family of planes.

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