Posted: Sat 16th Dec 2023

Broughton: Turkish Airlines orders 220 Airbus aircraft worth tens of billions of pounds

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Dec 16th, 2023

There’s good news for Broughton’s wingmakers, as Turkish Airlines has placed an order for 220 Airbus aircraft, worth tens of billions of pounds.

Turkey’s national carrier announced it had ordered 220 planes, including 70 long-distance, wide-body A350 jets and 150 single-aisle A321neo aircraft.

This follows two previous orders from the airline: 10 A350-900s in September and four A350-900s in July 2023.

The latest order brings Turkish Airlines’ total Airbus orders to 504, with 212 already delivered.

Additionally, Turkish Airlines has secured options to purchase another 125 Airbus planes.

On the new order, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, stated: “This significant order is more than just expansion; it’s a commitment to innovation, operational excellence, and a sustainable future.”

“Ordering these latest-generation aircraft demonstrates Turkish Airlines’ bold vision,” said Airbus executive Christian Scherer.

“We are honoured to support Turkey’s global connectivity with our advanced aircraft.”

Prime Minister and Business and Trade Secretary celebrate the historic deal.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak commented: “This major deal between Turkish Airlines, Airbus, and Rolls-Royce shows that the UK’s aerospace sector is soaring.

Meeting the increasing demand in aviation will create better-paid jobs and new opportunities in manufacturing hubs from Derby to Wales. This supports my five priorities for the country and will help grow the economy.”

“The UK is a top investment destination. Strengthening trade ties with growing economies like Turkey ensures UK businesses stay at the forefront of global growth and innovation. This builds on the success of the record-breaking Global Investment Summit hosted in London last month.”

Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch remarked: “This is a significant achievement for the UK’s leading aerospace sector, securing high-skilled jobs nationwide and driving economic growth.”

“This deal continues a series of victories for UK manufacturing, including Nissan’s £2 billion investment in electric vehicle production in Sunderland and Tata’s £4 billion investment in a new UK gigafactory.”

“These successes affirm our strategy for British manufacturing. Our recently released Advanced Manufacturing Plan will keep the momentum going.”

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