ISTANBUL, Might 11 (Reuters) – Turkish Airways (THY) (THYAO.IS) will order a complete of 600 new plane in June and they are going to be delivered inside ten years, firm chairman Ahmet Bolat mentioned on Thursday.
Such an order, if confirmed, can be the biggest within the business’s historical past by a single airline, eclipsing a document order by Air India for 470 Airbus and Boeing planes in December, however his feedback took some business sources and analysts unexpectedly.
Talking weeks earlier than Turkey is because of host airline leaders from the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation, Bolat mentioned the order would encompass 400 narrow-body plane and 200 wide-bodies, including the fleet would enhance to 810 plane by 2033.
“Through the IATA we’re going to announce orders. With one of many large producers, we’re virtually ending our discussions. We’re going to order (a complete of) round 600 plane,” Bolat advised reporters at a press assembly for the launch of the corporate’s renewed inflight eating idea.
IATA’s annual summit, grouping some 280 airways, shall be held in Istanbul on June 4-6.
Bolat mentioned THY was near a cope with Boeing (BA.N) for a part of the order however didn’t give additional particulars.
Boeing declined to remark.
Turkish Airways may hand an order for the remainder of the brand new plane “to the opposite producer” on the subsequent European air present in June, Bolat added in an obvious reference to Airbus (AIR.PA), Boeing’s European rival.
Airbus declined to remark.
The Paris Airshow takes place within the week of June 19.
Addressing Turkey’s landmark elections on Might 14, he mentioned he anticipated the corporate’s high administration to proceed on after the vote in order that Turkish Airways can perform its 10-year development plan.
Airways have been bulk-ordering planes to safe dwindling slots as journey rebounds following the pandemic.
THY has formidable plans to draw extra visitors to its Istanbul hub, competing with European and Gulf rivals.
Eire’s Ryanair (RYA.I) positioned an order for as much as 300 narrow-body jets earlier this week and India’s IndiGo is in talks to purchase around 500 jets, Reuters reported in March.
Boeing shares rose 0.6%. Airbus ended down 0.3%.
THY final month introduced a 10-year strategic plan and development targets that embody a aim of dealing with 170 million passengers by 2033, in comparison with over 85 million in 2023.
Reporting by Ceyda Caglayan;
Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun;
Modifying by Daren Butler
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