Turkish Airlines adds first A350-900, rejigs deliveries

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Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul New) has reached an agreement with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) to restructure its order backlog even as it took delivery of its first two A350-900s last week.

TC-LGA (msn 403) arrived at Istanbul New on October 22 and is the first of 25 on order from the Europeans. Owned by the airline, it features 329 seats of which 32 are in premium and 297 are in economy. TC-LGB (msn 421) followed a day later on October 23.

It is uncertain how many more A350s Turkish Airlines will take delivery of this year given the impact of COVID-19 on global travel. With that in mind, the airline said in a stock market announcement on October 23 that it had reached an agreement with Airbus in which certain “undelivered orders have been rescheduled in line with the airline’s operational and financial capabilities”.

Aside from the A350s, Turkish Airlines also has seventy-one A321-200Ns due from Airbus.

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