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A350 finds another buyer – Turkish Airlines

Airbus has signed a tentative deal for 25 Airbus A350-900 aircraft with Turkish Airlines.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is in Paris for an official visit, which has turned out to be quite a lucrative visit for Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders, who on Friday, signed a tentative deal with the Turkish President for 25 A350-900 aircraft, Reuters reported.

Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world and a key customer for both Airbus and Boeing. This isn’t the first time that Turkish Airlines has placed an order for aircraft at a diplomatic event – in September, they placed an order for Boeing 787-9 aircraft when President Erdogan was in New York for the UN General Assembly.

According to Airfleets.net, Turkish Airlines operates 285 aircraft at present, 164 of which are Airbus aircraft. With 777-300ER and A330-200/300 aircraft already in the fleet and 787-9 aircraft on order, it will be interesting to see how the A350-900 fits into the Turkish fleet and future expansion plans.

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