Feb 10, 2016: Turkish Airline’s fleet reached the 300th aircraft milestone with an A330-300, handed over during a ceremony in Istanbul. To be deployed on medium- and long-haul routes in developing the airline’s growth strategy, this aircraft is fitted with “made in Turkey” galleys and economy-class seats.
Turkish Airlines is a long-time operator for Airbus jetliners, starting in 1984 with the A310. Today, it operates some 160 Airbus-built aircraft, including more than 50 from the A330 Family.
M. ?lker Ayc?, board chairman, Turkish Airlines noted that Turkish Airlines has set great targets to take measured steps towards becoming the world’s leading airline. Indicating that Turkish Airlines has also acted as a diplomatic pioneer due to the far-reaching flight network, Ayc? said, “As Turkish Airlines, we are at the top among the fastest growing airlines worldwide. Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Turkish Airlines today is a 4-star airline with a fleet of 300 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 284 destinations worldwide -235 international and 49 domestic. Turkish Airlines received its 100th aircraft in August 2006, 73 years after its establishment. Nearly seven years later, in March 2013, its fleet reached 200 aircraft.”
Airbus has a long-standing relationship with Turkish Airlines dating back to 1984 when it added the first A310. Today the carrier operates 159 Airbus aircraft including 53 A330 variants.
The A330 family includes freighters, VIP, and military transport/tanker variants, and has now attracted more than 1,600 orders.