Turkish Airlines firms up order for 20 additional A321neo aircraft

Airline now has 92 of the 'next-generation' planes on order.

Turkish Airlines has has firmed up a commitment for the purchase of 20 additional A321neo aircraft. The airline already had 72 units of the plane on order before this latest transaction.

“As one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, our ambitious growth strategy needs to be fully supported by only the most efficient, reliable and profitable aircraft,” said Dr. Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines. “This order for 20 more A321neo will help us achieve our expansion plans in a profitable and sustainable manner.”

The A321neo is an enhanced version of the A321, with new engines and ‘sharklet’ wing tips that together help reduce fuel consumption. Airbus claims the plane will be around 15% more efficient than the existing model when it enters service late in this decade. The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, which also includes the A318, A319 and A320.

“We are extremely happy that Turkish Airlines has renewed its confidence in the A321neo, the largest member of our best-selling A320neo Family,” said John Leahy, chief operating officer, customers, Airbus. “The A321neo will not only meet but fully exceed the airline’s expectations in terms of operational efficiency, profitability and passenger appeal.”

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