Turkish Airlines says will buy 95 planes from Boeing

AFP, Tuesday 9 Apr 2013

Turkey's national carrier says it board of directors approved buy 95 planes from Boeing

The Turkish national carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) said on Tuesday that it would buy 95 more planes from US aerospace giant Boeing.

"Our board of directors has decided to buy 20 planes in 2016, 20 in 2018, 15 in 2019, 30 in 2020 and 10 in 2021 from Boeing to meet the need for narrow-body planes," a THY statement said, adding that 70 of the orders were firm ones, and 25 were options.

Financial details were not provided, however.

The announcement came less than a month after the airline said it would buy up to 117 planes from Boeing's main rival, the European manufacturer Airbus, with those deliveries scheduled between 2015 and 2020.

In December, THY passed orders for 15 long-haul A330 planes from Airbus and 15 777-300ER from Boeing. In February the airline followed up with a firm order for two more A330-300s.

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