Turkish Airlines, Airbus, Rolls-Royce Forge Strategic Partnership for Aviation Growth

​Turkish Airlines has marked a significant expansion by ordering 150 A321neo and 80 A350 aircraft from Airbus at an event held at Turkish Airlines headquarters. The event also launched the Strategic Türkiye Enhanced Programme (STEP), aimed at fostering economic growth in Türkiye's aviation and aerospace industries over the next 15 years.

Rolls-Royce CEO Tufan Erginbilgic and Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee Prof. Ahmet Bolat signed a joint statement at a ceremony attended by the Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır, Minister of Trade Ömer Bolat, and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloğlu. Also present were representatives of top Turkish aerospace companies as well as the British Consul General and undersecretaries of France and Spain.

The collaboration entails the domestic production of aircraft parts facilitated by Turkish companies such as Tusas Engine Industries (TEI), underlining Türkiye's commitment to growing its aviation industry. Moreover, the new Airbus A350 aircraft will be equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, renowned for their fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions, reflecting the airline's commitment to environmental sustainability.

Commenting on the project's strategic importance, Minister Kacır said, "With one of the youngest fleets in Europe, Turkish Airlines' commitment continues to be a milestone in the quality and sustainable growth of Turkish civil aviation."

Minister Bolat highlighted the industrial implications of the new fleet. "The agreements with Airbus and Rolls-Royce are not only about acquiring new aircraft but also serve as a testament to our dedication to domestic production and industrialization within the aviation sector," Bolat noted, expressing optimism about fostering new opportunities for domestic companies.

Minister Uraloğlu pointed out the operational upgrades this purchase represents. "This purchase from Airbus, including A350s with Rolls-Royce engines, will enhance our flag carrier's operational efficiency and support our position as a global aviation hub," Uraloğlu stated.

These developments underscore Türkiye's ambitious vision to expand its influence on the global aviation market while also positioning Turkish Airlines at the forefront of technological advancements and international cooperation.
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