Turkish Airlines has said it intends to purchase 40 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, in a deal valued at $11 billion before discounts.
Hours after the announcement made in New York last month, the airline also inquired about prices for a similar order of competitor Airbus’ A350-900s, according to a Reuters report.
Turkish Airlines has historically operated a balanced mix of aircraft in its fleet. However, it has not been indicated if the airline is looking to purchase additional aircraft from Airbus or is looking for a price comparison to negotiate its deal with Boeing before an order is eventually finalised.
Turkish’s planned order is a signal that the carrier is pursuing a rebound in fortunes. The airline has long been plotting a course that has made it one of the region’s fastest growing airlines.
However, those plans were disrupted after the carrier posted its first loss in 17 years in 2016 following a terrorist attack at its hub in Istanbul last year.
Istanbul's third airport, due to open after construction is completed in 2018 will increase demand for travel, prompting Turkish Airlines' need for widebody aircraft. The airport is vying to be the world’s busiest airport, capable of handling 150 million passengers annually by 2030, according to a statement by the carrier.