Turkish Airlines places $1.5 billion Airbus order

The Turkish national carrier, Turkish Airlines, has signed a firm contract for the purchase of 36 Airbus single aisle and wide body aircraft.

The acquisition, which is reported to be worth $1.5 billion to Airbus, includes 19 A320’s, 12 A321’s and five A330-200’s.

With deliveries scheduled as from October 2005 up till 2008, the airline, which operates domestic and international flights via Istanbul, plans to use the aircraft on both domestic, medium and long haul routes internationally.

Turkish Airlines has selected the IAE V2527-A5 engines for the A320s and A321s and the CF6-80E1 A3 from General Electric for the A330s.

The agreement with Airbus follows a $982.5 million contract signed in September, 2004 with Boeing for the purchase of 15 737-800 airplanes.