Turkish Airlines (Türk Hava Yolları-THY) began talking witn with LOT Airlines on the possibility of wet-leasing two Boeing 787s. According to information taken from THY, the Dreamliners would be used by Istanbul-based Turkish to meet short-term capacity needs. End of 2012, THY interested to buy LOT’s Polish goverment shares but negoations stopped.
Turkish intends to add some 34 aircraft to its fleet next year. Its current inventory – including that of domestic subsidiary AnadoluJet – comprises 233 aircraft: 94 737s, 88 Airbus A320-family jets, 27 A330s (including seven freighters), 15 777s, seven A340s and two A310 freighters. By the end of 2014, this will grow to 204 single-aisle and 54 widebody passenger jets plus nine freighters, Turkish expects.
Having added 24 destinations this year, the airline plans to launch 16 new routes in 2014. US cities Boston, Miami and San Francisco are set to join the long-haul network, while a new service to Mexico City is also planned.
Turkish forecasts that annual passenger numbers to reach 59.5 million: 32.3 million international, 26.2 million domestic, and about one million charter travellers. It expects to carry 653,000t of cargo. The airline predicts $11.4 billion of 2014 revenue.
OPTIONS FOR AIRBUS A321NEO
Turkish Airlines is to exercise options on seven Airbus A321neo aircraft less than a year after placing a huge order for the type. Last year the Star Alliance carrier unveiled an order for 53 A321neos plus options on 35 more, as part of a broader single-aisle agreement covering 117 A320-family jets.
Turkish Airlines says it has "decided to convert" the options on seven more A321neos into firm orders, which will be delivered from 2018. On the other hand, THY did not announced yet the engine options for A320ceo/A320neo order yet. The deliveries planned to be start in 2015.