Turkish Airlines to buy 95 new Boeing planes

Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier, is set to purchase 95 Boeing 737 planes. The majority of these will be the 737-8 MAX.

The purchases will be staggered over the next eight years. The first group will be bought in 2016. It confirmed that 70 planes are firm orders with options to buy a further 25 in the future.

The company said that the purchases were made to meet the need for narrow-body planes.

Last month, Turkish Airlines said it would buy 117 narrow-body planes from Boeing’s European rival Airbus between 2015 and 2020.

Of these, 82 are firm orders and the carrier has options to buy a further 35 aircraft.

The airline, which carried 39 million passengers last year, is targeting a greater share of the global aviation market. It has ambitions to increase its passenger numbers to 90 million by the end of 2010.

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