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    Turkish Airlines launches tender for 105 planes, invites Boeing, Airbus

    HotNewsTurkey Staff
    14.10.2008 - 10:04 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkey’s flag carrier, Turkish Airlines (THY), launched a tender to buy 105 planes, including options for 30, by 2023 and invited American Boeing as well as European Airbus to submit bids. (UPDATED)

    THY, a member of Star Alliance, said in a statement the tender would include 35 long-haul with an option for 10 aircraft and 70 short and medium-haul with an option for 20.

    "The THY administration attached utmost importance to the timing of this tender. THY is entering the global crisis and the approaching recession in a strong position both commercially and financially," the company added in the statement.

     

    It also said THY is looking at Airbus A350, A330, A320 and Boeing 787, 777, 737.

     

    "The delivery timetable, expected to start in the second quarter of 2010, would be an important criteria alongside the price in the evaluation of the companies' bids," the statement said.

     

    Turkey’s fast-growing flag carrying had increased its passenger number at an average rate of around 20 percent in recent years.

     

    THY SEES OPPURTUNITY

    The Istanbul-based carrier, along with its Middle East-based peers, sees the current turmoil as an opportunity to expand globally as rival airlines in other regions, particularly the United States and Europe, suffer.

     

    In August THY said it expected to beat a 2008 sales target of $4.5 billion. First-half sales rose 23 percent to 2.61 billion lira, while net profit rose to 255.14 million lira in the January-June period versus 89.27 million the previous year.

     

    The tender is part of an ambitious, already announced 2009-2023 program by THY to sharply expand its fleet and the number of destinations it flies to. It currently has 115 aircraft.

     

    It is also seeking to expand through acquisitions. THY submitted the higher bid for the Bosnian Muslim-Coat federation flag carrier BH Airlines, a government source said last week.

     

    BOEING OPTIMISTIC

    "The Turkish economy is growing fast and we expect that market to grow briskly in the next 20 years, at about 2 to 2.5 times the average for Europe," Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President or Marketing, told Reuters.

     

    "There is both strong tourism and good business traffic, and the Turkish market is expanding for good fundamental reasons," he added at an aerospace market briefing in Paris.

     

    Despite short-term pressure on air travel from a weak economy and high oil prices, Boeing sees average annual traffic growth in Europe of 4.1 percent between 2008 and 2027, including 3.5 percent for flights contained within the region.

     

     

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