ISTANBUL, March 15 Turkish Airlines
said it would buy 117 narrow-body planes from European aircraft
maker Airbus, as it targets a bigger share of the
global aviation market.
Turkey's flag carrier announced 82 firm orders and options
to buy a further 35 aircraft in the years 2015-2020.
Turkish Airlines said in a statement it would determine
later how the order would be financed.
The order consists of 25 A321-200 aircraft, four A320 NEO,
53 A321 NEO and an option for a further 35 A321 NEO, it said.
Earlier this month, Turkish Airlines' chairman told Reuters
the company was still in talks with both EADS unit Airbus and
Boeing over plans for narrow-body orders.
"Turkish Airlines is continuing to increase its share in the
global aviation market and as the airline's board of directors
announced, 117 airplanes will join the existing fleet," it said.
Turkish Airlines said its fleet would grow to 375 with this
order, and others it has placed, while its average fleet age
would decrease to 5 years from 6.6 by the end of 2020, it added.
The airline has 211 aircraft.
The airline carried 39 million passengers last year and
expects to reach 46 million passengers this year, growing to 90
million by the end of 2020, it said.
It wants to generate annual sales of $18 billion within
seven years, after posting sales of nearly $8 billion last year.