On October 22, Thursday, Turkish Airlines received the first A350-900 (TC-LGA registration) from Airbus. The aircraft is the first of an order for 30 aircraft and arrives with a delay of approximately three months, directly related to the pandemic and delays in manufacturing and preparing the aircraft.
Turkish has a mixed fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft that make it one of the most comprehensive flight networks in the world. Before the pandemic, the company had the largest number of targets in the world at 350.
In Europe, Turkey has been an integral part of Airbus’ supply chain for almost 20 years and has partnered the Toulouse manufacturer in all recent programs, including the A350XWB. The new A350 will be used at the new Istanbul Airport for the airline’s international destinations. In the middle of the year, the company even allocated the A350 to flights to Brazil, but delivery delays hampered the plans, which should now be in March 2021.
According to the FlightRadar24 flight tracking system, the plane flew the 2,256 kilometers from Toulouse to Istanbul last night, October 22nd.