The Chairman of Turkish Airlines announced his intention to sign orders for the purchase of 600 commercial aircraft within two months, marking the largest deal in the history of civil aviation.
Ahmet Bolat stated during a press conference on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) General Assembly in Istanbul that the company is in talks with Boeing and Airbus to acquire 400 single-aisle aircraft, including the 737 Max and A320neo models, in addition to 200 aircraft from the Boeing 787, 777, and Airbus A350 models.
This will enable Turkish Airlines to increase its fleet to more than 800 aircraft within ten years, compared to the current 435 aircraft, as confirmed by Bolat.
The company aims to comprehensively expand its operations, particularly towards Africa and Asia, taking advantage of the opening of the giant Istanbul Airport.
Through its long-haul flights in the future, Turkish Airlines aims to operate direct flights to Australia to serve Turkish expatriates and also encourage Australians to visit Turkey, according to its president.