Turkish Airlines closes Airbus and Boeing orders

Turkish Airlines will benefit from the new purchases of Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
Updated 17 March 2018
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Turkish Airlines closes Airbus and Boeing orders

Turkish Airlines has announced that it will purchase 50 firm wide-body aircraft and 10 optional aircraft, a total of 60 wide-body aircraft, from Airbus and Boeing.
The airline said six would be delivered in 2019, 14 in 2020, 10 in 2021, 12 in 2022, 11 in 2023 and 7 in 2024.
Accordingly, a total of 30 B787-9 aircraft, 25 firm and five optional, will be purchased from Boeing and a total of 30 A350-900 aircraft, 25 firm and five optional, will be purchased from Airbus.
A memorandum of understanding with Airbus was signed last January at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s official visit to France, with French President Emmanuel Macron in attendance. Also last September, during Erdogan’s visit to New York Boeing and Turkish Airlines had announced a commitment to order 787-9 Dreamliners.
M. Ilker Ayci, chairman of the board and executive committee, Turkish Airlines, said: “Today, we’re pleased to conclude this process which will bring a landmark benefit not only to Turkish Airlines, but also to Turkey’s aviation, by firmly ordering these aircraft to be added to our ever-expanding fleet. Goodwill agreements turned into firm orders, which we consider to be a very important initiative to meet our need for wide-body aircraft at Istanbul’s new airport, which will serve as our new hub once its construction process is completed.”
He added: “This great step will further strengthen our ever-expanding fleet by 2023, our country’s 100th year, and take our passengers’ satisfaction to a much higher level.”
Ayci said this will not just accelerate the steady rise of Turkish Airlines, but also contribute to Turkish civil aviation as a whole.


Saudi Arabian Airlines displays new products

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabian Airlines displays new products

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the Kingdom’s national carrier, is participating in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), taking place in Dubai this week. This year marks the 25th edition of the show. Saudia has participated consistently throughout the years.
The airline has rolled out many new products and onboard amenities this year, including a new Business Class Porsche Design Men’s kit and Furla Ladies kit, as well as new children’s characters and kits.
Saudia is debuting a new exhibition stand design (9 x 30.5 meters) along with many interactive features and products on display. These include all the latest seats on static display — First Suite (first class), Business Class, and the Guest Class (economy) seats.
Also on display is a “smart model” experience, which provides a 3D interactive tour through the new Jeddah King Abdul Aziz International Airport.
Saudia is currently in the midst of a rapid transformation, fleet and network expansion program.
The airline has achieved double-digit growth in international passenger traffic, flying to 89 destinations across four continents. Saudia is receiving on average, one new aircraft every 12 days. Currently at 147, by the end of 2020 the fleet is set to reach 200 aircraft.
“Saudia looks forward to welcoming its travel retail partners, media and hospitality guests at ATM. The airline’s stand is located at ME 4310,” the airline said in a press release.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, the airline is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
Saudia carried 30 million passengers in 2016, and was named the 2017 World’s Most Improved Airline by Skytrax, an independent global aviation industry monitor.
The airline has 11 codeshare partners including: Garuda Indonesia, China Southern Airlines, Air France, Royal Air Maroc, Alitalia, Korean Airlines, KLM, Middle East Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Europa and Oman Air.