06 February 2013

French Government lobbying Airbus in Turkey for an order of 15 A350 XWB aircraft

Airbus and Turkish Airlines are under negotiation of an order of 150 aircraft, including some A350 and A380 as announced the French Minister of the Foreign Trade during a visit to Turkey in January/2013.

Turkish Airlines, the world's fastest-growing airline, is considering an order for A320neo or 737MAX and they have ordered last December/2012 15 long-haul 777-300ER from Boeing to a $ 4.7 billion at catalog prices.

Nicole Bricq, Minister of foreign trade met Temel Kotil, the general manager of Turkish Airlines. "Discussions are ongoing, there will be no announcement or signing during the visit of the Minister," said a Ministry spokesman.

The order under discussion would be composed of 125 aircraft of the A320 family, 15 long-haul A350s and six to ten A380.

Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil said: “We increased our recent order of 15 A330-300s by 5 more aircraft to 20.” Together with the recent order of 20 Boeing 777-300ERs, the 20 A330-300s “gives us 40 additional widebodies, which is a good number,” he said.

Kotil declined to comment on further aircraft orders, which are expected to be made by the carrier this year. “So far nothing is decided,” he said. “We are working hard on the decision”

A350 XWB ailerons are designed and manufactured in TAI, Turkish Aerospace Industries.

Based on the article “Airbus discute d'une commande de 150 avions en Turquie-ministre” published in Les Echos

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