Turkish Airlines signs firm order for three more A330-300s and MoU for two A330F

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06-Nov-2009 Vote of confidence for the most cost-effective aircraft in its class, the A330-300.

Turkish Airlines has signed a contract for the purchase of three additional Airbus A330-300 aircraft, bringing the total number of A330-300s ordered by the company to ten. The carrier will operate the aircraft in a two-class configuration and with a capacity of 319 seats on its high capacity medium haul network. The aircraft, due for delivery from September 2010, will be powered by Rolls-Royce engines. With the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding, Turkish Airlines also plans to acquire two Freighter versions of the A330-200, the A330-200F, in order to prepare future expansion and renew its current fleet composed of four A310s.

"Turkish Airlines stays in the course of growing by providing the best service for its passengers and customers while optimising operating costs. By choosing the A330s Family aircraft that offer best-in-class comfort for passengers and extended cargo capacity for customers we are aiming to ensure the success of our business model," said Dr Candan Karlitekin, Chairman of Turkish Airlines.

"The unbeatable economic efficiency of the A330 Family and its superior operational performance will be strategic assets for Turkish Airlines. We are proud to be a partner of one of the fastest growing European airlines, Turkish Airlines, as they expand into new markets," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

Turkish Airlines has operated Airbus aircraft since 1985, and currently has a fleet of 67 Airbus aircraft, including four A310s, 47 A320 family aircraft, seven A330s and nine A340s.

The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely used wide-body aircraft in service today. Airbus has won more than 1,000 orders for the aircraft and more than 600 A330s are in operation worldwide with more than 80 customers and operators. The combined fleet has achieved almost 14 million flight hours and serves around 300 destinations worldwide.

With a greater payload than initially anticipated, the A330-200F offers two operational configurations depending on the planned mission. The aircraft can carry more than 64 metric tonnes over 4,000 nautical miles / 7,400km, or more than 69 metric tonnes up to 3,200 nautical miles / 5,930km - non-stop. These range and payload capabilities will enable operators to grow their business by opening up or extending cargo routes they currently operate. Thanks to an optimized fuselage cross-section, it has the interior flexibility to carry a wide variety of pallet and container sizes for maximum interlining capability, offering 30 per cent more volume than any freighter in its class. Total orders for the aircraft stand at 67 from nine customers.