Turkish Airlines says converts option for 5 Boeing plans to firm order

ISTANBUL, July 22 Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:16am EDT

ISTANBUL, July 22 (Reuters) - Flag carrier Turkish Airlines said on Monday it had decided to convert an option to buy five Boeing B777-300ER airplanes into a firm order.

The aircraft are slated for the delivery in 2016 and 2017, the state-run airline said in a filing with the Istanbul stock exchange.

Turkish Airlines said in April it planned to buy a total 95 plans from U.S.-based Boeing by 2021, including 25 options.

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